“For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3, NLT).

People come in all shapes, sizes, colors and other variations in appearance. It’s fascinating how no two are exactly alike. Even identical twins have unique characteristics. Everyone has their own perspective, shaped by many circumstances, including environment, family and geography. We all know this yet we insist on categorizing, generalizing and judging people, often with no more than a glance.

Of course, there’s more to a life than what you can see on the outside. The Colossians didn’t understand that the Gentiles could be Christians even though they weren’t previously Jews, didn’t look like Jews and didn’t need to change to become just like them. Paul assured them the outside didn’t matter because a Christian dies to this life and is given a new life which is hidden, or kept secure and safe, with Christ in God. It’s the new life that matters, the real life in Jesus, which can’t be hidden, but bursts out like the rays of the morning sun as we live for him.

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