In Colossians 3:4, St Paul uses the phrase: “Christ is your life.” Jesus is the true and genuine source of life, not just for Christians. Jesus is the divine Word of God, the Logos, who created and sustains the universe (John 1:1-3).
Earlier in Colossians, Paul wrote of Jesus: “All things have been created through him and for him… and in him, all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17) From this it is clear: Jesus is not only the source of everything, but all things are also held together by him. Our biological life was created, and is sustained, by Jesus.
But Jesus is also the giver of our spiritual life. The Greek word bios refers to our biological life, but St. John used the word zoe to describe spiritual life. Our very spirits were designed to be infused by zoe. We receive zoe when we receive Jesus by faith: “by believing we have life (zoe) in his name” (John 20:31)
When I put my confidence in Jesus and began living as his apprentice, a new life emerged in my being. My spirit, like Lazarus’ body, went from death to life. And that zoe life is eternal, safe and secure, hidden with Jesus. I live by this eternal life now, and I will enter fully into it when I take my last breath on earth.
We would never have come into existence if it were not for Jesus, and we would have no hope of eternal life if not for his grace. That is why Paul says in Colossians 3:4: “Christ is your life.”
Postscript: Only Jesus can be our life – your life and mine were not only created by Jesus, they were created for him. To live for Jesus, we begin with gratitude. This helps us to see all of our life as being centred in Jesus, and we [start to] discover the reality of what he came to bring: not merely life, but abundant life.
Just as my body needs to take in energy from outside of itself in order to live, so also my spirit needs to take in the energy of God himself in order to thrive. Today, I will seek that energy by opening myself up to God and his kingdom.
Gracious Abba, thank you for creating me, but even more so, this day I thank you for sustaining me, in body, soul and spirit. Give me a heart of gratitude for all of the grace you give me each day.
If someone simply watched you living your life, what might they conclude is your life? What would they say is the thing you live for?
What are the most spiritually nourishing practices for you? What are they so helpful to you?