Do you have a bad habit that needs to change? Habits are triggered by circumstances and it takes a life hidden in Christ to overcome them.
I’m not sure what your bad habit is, but mine is getting worried easily. I find myself getting worried about things that are not to be worried about. God has been faithful in showing me that my worries were all false and in my head.
A while back I had fears that I was going to lose my job but the next day the complete opposite happened – I received a raise and promotion. Recently I also had fears that someone close to me would forget about me and move on due to some challenges we were facing, but soon enough I realized my fears were not true at all.
In both instances, I was worried for no reason.
Whatever your bad habit may be, the solution to solving any bad habit is to be hidden in Christ.
Colossians 3:2-3 says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
To be hidden in Christ means to be so consumed with His truth and presence that we leave no room for anything that is not of God to enter into our hearts.
We have the choice where we want to hide our lives in. If we choose to surround our lives with gossip and negativity, then our lives will be full of gossip and negativity. If we choose to be immersed in our worries and fears, then we will always be worried and fearful people.
Where we choose to hide our lives will determine what our lives will look like.
If we want to look like Christ and walk in His freedom and joy, we must choose to hide our lives in Him.
When we are hidden in Christ, nothing can move us.
God’s truth will protect us from being shaken no matter what our outside circumstance may be. When our lives are hidden in Christ, His peace guards our hearts. Jesus promises us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Many times we run to solutions that the world gives, but Jesus warns us that His peace is not as the world gives. The world gives wisdom based on events that have happened. God, however, is able to understand all things before it ever came to be. On top of that, we can trust God’s wisdom 100% where nothing else in this world can guarantee us anything.
Are you choosing to hide your life in God’s truth or in what the world has to offer?
There is no better option than abiding our lives in Christ.
The first step to living a life hidden in Christ is to consider our thoughts. Every habit starts with a thought, which is why Colossians 3:2 reminds us to set our minds on heavenly things and not on earthly things.
I found myself in fear because I was replaying scenarios in my mind that were not of God but of my own insecurities. Philippians 4:8 reminds us, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
What thoughts are you dwelling on? Will you choose to think of pure and admirable things despite what you may be facing?
Colossians 3:12 gives us a glimpse of what a life hidden in Christ looks like: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people..clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Accepting Christ means choosing to neglect our old human nature for our new nature which is in Christ. This will require us to put to death our old habits: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (Colossians 3:5).
Living a life hidden in Christ also requires us to be immersed in His word. Jeremiah 31:33 says, “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.”
When God’s word is hidden in our hearts, nothing can strip away His truth from us.
A life hidden in Christ makes the world grow dimmer and Christ grow brighter. So remember, be hidden in Christ.