Pt. 2 of A Post From ASC intern, Griffin Lamb. Click Here to Read Pt 1.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:1-3 ESV).
In the context of Christian community, it is clear that God is calling us to depart from selfishness into selflessness, that by the power of the Spirit we would be led deeper and deeper into the very Person of Jesus.
Notice once again both the directness and ambiguity of such a calling, the command being direct yet the ways in which each and every one of us lives into this call are diverse, as members of the body of Christ with different roles to play (see Rom 12:1-8).
This departure from selfishness into selflessness is a necessary activity of the Spirit in our hearts and minds because now, instead of attempting to map out every stage of our lives as many in the Western world do, we can finally reorient our focus away from ourselves and towards God and the body of Christ, asking questions like:
How can I serve God in this new season of life?
How can I best embody Christ in the cubicle or the classroom? With my family and with my friends?
This reorientation of our collective focus, by the power of the Spirit of God, breaks us free of the chains of worry about our individual plans for the future and brings us into a posture of trust – knowing that just as God was faithful to Abraham, God is faithful with us.
As a way to explore this, I invite you to pray this with me, and to see where God leads you, both inward and outward thereafter:
“God, we know that You are faithful, more faithful than we can even fathom. We also know that Your faithfulness was made manifest in Your Son, that in the death of Jesus on the Cross and Jesus’ subsequent Resurrection three days later, the promise of Abraham become fulfilled – with ourselves becoming children of that profound promise. We ask that Your Spirit lead us deeper and deeper into the Person of Jesus. We ask that Your Spirit would help us embody His essence and ethics in all areas of our lives. We ask that Your Spirit would crucify our selfishness and bring us into an imitation of the kind of selflessness that You have shown us time and time again in our lives. Like Abraham, we are Your sojourners and wanderers, dreamers and journeyers… By Your grace let us continue to wander in both the directness and ambiguity of our call, for You are always with us. Amen.”