“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3 NKJV)
When we consider a matter such as the presence of God we often picture it as a moment of spiritual ecstasy. We think of a period of time where we are lost in worship so deep that we lose control over ourselves. As true as these thoughts may be concerning the presence of God, it really is a lot deeper and broader than just a moment of ecstasy — it is a life to be lived. We are to live every moment in the presence of God. Yes, there will be times when we press so deep into the reality of His presence that we are hardly able to stand; but the truth is those times will only happen when life in His presence becomes first nature for us.
As God’s child, His Kingdom [which is saturated with His presence] should be your reality at all times. This is what it means to be hidden in God — to be lost and found in God so that all that pertains to Him is all that pertains to you.
A man’s presence is always with him — it is a part of him. Likewise, God’s Presence is a part of who God is.
We see in Romans chapter 8 verse 17 that we are heirs of God.
“and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
It doesn’t say heirs of God’s kingdom, it says heirs of God. This means that beyond all that God has, all that God is belongs to us rightfully without any restrictions. And because God’s presence is a part of who God is, our demeanor should be decked with His presence at all times if indeed we are heirs of Him.
Peter would walk on the streets and all the sick people placed within proximity of his presence were healed. They were not healed by the cast of Peter’s shadow; they were healed by that which overshadowed Peter: the presence of God. Peter was hidden with Christ in God, a heir of God, and so wherever he went he carried with him all of who God is — presence, power, and all. This should be the norm for every heir of God. Verses 1 & 2 of Colossians 3 reveal to us how to attain this normal Kingdom life:
“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.”