Brightly Shining

Colossians 3:4 (ESV) 
“When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

How will you appear?

Today’s verse was to be read before many this coming Easter Sunday, but we’re not gathering these days the way we’re used to. Knowing this to be one of the important Easter passages, I felt like sharing it with a bit of explanation. The way it is written, with “you also will appear,” we can’t help but think that we’re yet to appear with Christ.  That is before we consider the act of Baptism. Through our Baptism we are “set free from sin, marked as Christ’s own, sealed by the Holy Spirit, welcomed to the Lord’s Supper, made a member of the Church, and set apart for a life of service.”[1] What this says in my words, through Baptism we appear with Christ. What does that look like? L. William Countryman, retired Episcopal priest, wrote of our current life as Christ’s own, “we have only a dim, though growing, notion of who we are.” This tells me that as followers of Jesus Christ we are in the act of appearing with Christ. We are no longer waiting. We are being transformed in the resurrection of Christ. I offer this explanation because these days we may really need it. The loneliness of “social distancing” in response to COVID-19 disease is real and challenging. If you’re feeling lonely, I want you to know you have company, divine company, holy company, glorious company. Yes, at this time your light may be dim, but of that little light of yours, you can “let it shine.” You and I are Christ’s own. The day is coming when Christ will brightly shine all over the earth. How will you appear? Brightly shining, too!

“Your life as a Christian should make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

[1] PC(USA) Book of Order 2019/2021: W-4,0201, “Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant”

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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