” If you are then raised up with Christ, reach out for the highest gifts of Heaven, where Christ reigns in power. Be concerned with the Heavenly things, not with the passing things of earth. For, as far as this world is concerned you are already dead, and your true life is a hidden one in God through Christ. One day Christ, who is your life, will show himself openly, and you will all share in that magnificent revelation” Apostle Paul 62 AD.
We have all been caught up in our own tough circumstances in life that can cause anxiety and stress. Personally I have suffered with panic attacks and other mental health issues over the years and I have found that most of the time things have just worked out fine! We can also think that if we get all worked up then we’re somehow in control of our life. This only robs us of any peace or joy.
Paul in the scripture above is giving us a gem of advice. Don’t focus on the things around you but fix your attention on Heavenly things. He’s saying fix your attention on Christ that can have power over your circumstances. Allow your life to be hidden in Him. Let Christ give you peace when all around you is chaos.
I love the bit “Christ, who is your life.” If Jesus is now my life then I need to give control over to Him. I need to begin to simply trust He will come through for me. What are the “Highest gifts of Heaven?” I believe they are Wisdom and Peace. Both of those gifts are very much attributes of Christ’ nature. It is Christ’ very nature that we have taken on when we let Him into our lives.
Over the past month I have given up Stress. I have given up caring about the circumstances I find myself in and replaced my attention on Jesus having control. I have being believing He is the Source of Peace and Joy. This is beginning to change my life for the better. I don’t take life so seriously any more. I’m no longer in the driving seat, He is!