You Are Dead
by Matt Smith
As part of my job at Geisinger, I often have to look up anywhere from 10 to 50 patient charts each day. Sometimes I have need to look up a chart for a current patient, while other times it might be several weeks after the fact that I have to go back in to check something. Every once in a while, I will get a brief but uncomfortable message that will pop up on the screen as I attempt to enter someone’s chart. It will say, “you are about to enter the account of a deceased patient” and the system will then double check to see if I really want to keep proceeding. While death is obviously a common thing at a hospital, that message still has a way of stopping me, even for just a second or two.
Our passage today reminds us of another death that has taken place. Colossians 3:1-3 says, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Paul just comes right out and says, “you are dead.” Nothing like a direct statement like that to get our attention! Obviously, he is not referring to physical death but to a spiritual death. He is saying that when someone comes to Christ, their life as was once constituted has died, it’s over. Our lives are now “hidden with Christ.” As Paul writes in Acts 17:28, “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”
He also further explains this idea in Col. 3:5, telling us to “mortify our members which are upon the earth.” Things like fornication, uncleanness, and covetousness. He adds another list in verse 8 to include sins such as anger, blasphemy, and lying.
So Paul is urging us today to consider our old man dead and to put to death the desires of our fleshly nature and to instead live a Christ-centered life that is bringing forth spiritual fruit. Consider the idea of someone trying to access your chart before you came to Christ and having a message pop up that says, “you are entering the account of a deceased patient.”
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