For you have died and you life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory. (Col 3:3-4)

May this year bring you a increased knowledge and wonder of the salvation that is yours in Christ!

There is no need to resort to any false helps and assurances which we devise with our own minds (Col 2:20-23). Instead look up to where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God and set your mind there. For that is where you are truly are (Col 3:1-2)! Let your thoughts dwell there. Meditating on the glories, the hope, the treasures, the truth, the love, the justice, the holiness which is there. Think of Christ!

You have died and entered into the new life of Christ, hidden with Him ( v3-4). The past year does not define you. The sins that you stumble into again and again do not define you. You do not reside in the muck of this world. The brokenness, the heartache, the turmoil is not where you will reside forever.  You reside beside God the Father in the place of authority and glory!

Grace unimaginable has swept you up, killing your old self and giving a new self on you (v9-10), and now giving you life eternal. This coming year is a year where you get to becoming ever increasing like the image of the one you are hidden in (v10). The old self with it condemnation is so put off that it is dead. This year you get to walk as God’s chosen one, holy and beloved! (v12)

The year before us is a happy for those hidden in Christ!