If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
I used to wonder how God could possibly love me because of how I’ve lived parts of my life. I often fail and choose the world’s offerings above God’s. As Paul wrote, I constantly do the things I don’t want to do. The sad part is that every time I do, I’m left empty and ultimately trying to figure out how I could be loved by Him. If you ever want to know how God sees us and why He loves us, there are quite a few passages to turn to but I especially like Colossians 3:1-3, where we are assured that our lives are now hidden with Christ!
I know the obvious and only answer to that question. It’s simply because I have accepted who Christ is, the perfect life He lived, the work He did on the cross, as well as how God raised Him from that grave. However, Colossians 3 helps me have a really fun perspective of how God now sees me. In the practical sense, I think it’s something like this: when God looks at me He doesn’t see my shortcomings, failures, or sins. The only reason that is the case is because it’s as if Jesus steps in front of me, and says “Father, this one is mine.” So the only possible way God can see me is through the eyes of Jesus! For I died and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.
God offers two ways for us to be seen by Him. One would be just as we are, in all of our sin. The second would be pure and blameless through the eyes of His Son! I thank the Lord I have freedom from my sin. I praise the Lord I won’t get what I deserve. I pray I can present my life as Paul says in Romans 12. As a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.