God gives us a new reality

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand” (Colossians 3:1, NLT).

For some, waking up is hard to do, especially after too much partying the night before or just a bad time sleeping. Many people rely on coffee to help them focus and give them energy, to give new life, so to speak. Even the smell of freshly ground beans is enough to start the waking process.

Believing in Jesus and his saving grace for the first time is like waking up to a brand new reality, one filled with forgiveness, freedom and hope for the future. But with time, the drudgery of life can cause that reality to fade a little and make us wonder which is real—the picture of no more tears, sorrow or death, or the pain and suffering of today. By keeping our sights on the realities of heaven, we can wake up every morning to God’s fresh mercies (Lamentations 3:23). Whether or not you like coffee, however you wake up, remind yourself as you start your day of his love and grace and your new life in Christ.

Jesus is our reality

“For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality” (Colossians 2:17, NLT).

For many people, it’s easy to get bogged down with rule-keeping. Some churches get so hung up on rules, they lose sight of the people they are supposed to be serving. For many years, I thought the laws were all that mattered. They were more real to me than Jesus.

But the laws and rules are only shadows. They are like cardboard people and fake furniture on a stage that are only revealed when the lights come up. Jesus is the bright light center stage, whose illumination shows everything else to be shadows. All the laws and rules fade to black in the face of Jesus, our reality.