“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
~Colossian 3:2-3 (NRSV).
Addictions involve secrets.
Before we get stuck on discussion about dependence versus addiction, and whether we might be confusing dependence for addiction, let’s first be sure we have a problem.
If the mind is involved in weakness, and is tormented by same, we may need little more convincing.
Resolve is what we need. First we need to make a decision about this wielding nemesis and second to commit to a path toward the better life.
Better Secrets By Far
This better life we’re after involves keeping secrets too.
But these secrets are highly empowering and not destructive like the secrets we’ve been used to keeping; those apportioned to maintain — at secrecy — the captive lifestyle of dependence and addiction.
These ‘better secrets’ are hidden with Christ in God; they are indebted to sacrifice — the right sacrifice for the right reason.
Hiddenness with Christ in God
To be hidden with Christ in God is to ‘get’ the perspective of life beyond death; that is, to understand that fleeting thrills involve the hook of captivation — the selling of one’s divine soul to Satan, who’s ever undermining us. Further than understanding, it’s also amending this hook of captivation; due a better secret.
Being hidden with Christ in God is a fervent desperation to ever return to God, safe and only ever home in the generous arms of the Almighty.
This is a heart worthy of repentance.
For without God in this way, the human vessel lies exposed, bare for the ravens to pick at. Hiddenness within God is a sacrosanct journey set on continual quietness of soul — an intrinsic running from the worldly and flesh desire as much as it can.
It’s given over to God and so glad in that state, that humanity and things of this world are patently blank by comparison. It’s this basis of life that’s lost faith in the ‘light’ of acquisition, and corresponding captivity. God is now the only ‘acquisition’ we’re taken by.
God, after all, is the giver of all good gifts (James 1:17); everything good we have is from the Lord.
Turning the Destructive Negative into a Joyous Positive
From one secret to another we go. It sounds simple because it is simple.
The more we’re interested in the things of God, the less we’ll be caught up in the nasty secrets of life; those confounding our wills and exposing us to shame.
The secret life of us — to be hidden with Christ in God — is a power so powerful that those still estranged to God will find it unfathomable in its simplicity, as they discover it.
Let’s keep this secret simple. There are things now that are between us and God, though we’re free to share with those trusted wise ones; we do so as the Holy Spirit leads us.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.
Graphic Credit: Looking Unto Jesus.net.