“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Hidden with Christ in God”
(Please read Colossians 3:1-4)
What was that again? You died and your life is now hidden? Considering how much we hear from the pulpit about showing the world our lives in Christ, it’s no wonder that words about a “hidden” life grab our attention. But there’s no great mystery about the term. It’s another of those wonderful figures of speech that the Bible uses to help us grasp important teaching about our spiritual lives.
Let’s approach it this way. Think of how the act of baptism is pictured as a death, burial and resurrection, and how the Christian is said to be “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:2-4, 11, NIV). So submersion in the act of baptism is likened to being buried and emerging from the water like being resurrected. When a person is buried, he is hidden in the earth; and when a person is baptized into Christ he is in a sense hidden in Christ.
Hiding in Christ means that we have a protector and defender, one who will help us ward off the evil that threatens us on a daily basis. This does not mean that our lives are invisible to the world around us. Rather, Jesus himself compared Christians to “the light of the world” and “a city on a hill” which “cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14) and went on to tell us to let our lights shine!
Yes, you can have a hidden life in Christ, but only if it is an upright, shining life that will enable people to “see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).