When He Appears

May 2, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)

The apostle Paul constantly holds before us the hope of Christ’s appearing. This hope is like the North Star, something the believer focuses on to get his bearings in the world. While the gospel is life-centric, it is also death-centric.  One has to pass from death unto life. In our baptism, we die to our old life and are raised in the newness of life in Christ. Jesus does not reform us; He resurrects us. He brings us from death to life. He becomes our life. 

Do we understand the depths of this truth? That our life has actually died and we are no longer our own but Christ’s? Wherever Christ is going, we are going with Him. We do  not cling to this world, and to establishing our lives here, but we eagerly await His appearing, for that means that we, too, will appear with Him in glory. The old hymn states, “The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back.”

This world is not our home. We are pilgrims and sojourners, so whether things go well or not so well in this realm, we have already turned our backs on our lives here. We are now living by the life of the One who loved us and gave His own life for us. This is why we look for His appearing. It is not that we are looking to escape this world, but that we know its limits and know that it cannot satisfy us because we are born from above. All of our life we look toward the Day when He appears, and we appear with Him. What does that mean? Scripture says that when He appears, “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). When we see His glorious Face, we will see our faces reflected in His and know ourselves for the first time.  Does not this thought send shivers down your spine? All of the shadows and uncertainties of this age will disappear, for we will be fully seen and known and united with our Lord. What a glorious thought!

So keep your perspective ever clear about the nature of your life in this world: yours is a temporary sojourn in a world system that shall be fully restored to the rulership of your soon-coming Lord. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

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Betsy Roy

Director and President of Women of the Word. Professional Background - Registered Nurse Married to Jim for over 30 years. 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren.