Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Think Up, Child!
Some things are easier said than done, and today’s verse
is a prime example. Paul instructs us to set our minds on things above, but the things of this earth are constantly in our face, screaming for our attention. It takes incredible self-discipline to “set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated
at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1 NIV). But friend, God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us follow this instruction. Be intentional about your environment.
For example, listen to music that
reminds you of Christ’s love, power, and faithfulness. Watch programs that are faith-based. Be careful of the company you keep and the conversations you engage in. Devote time to personal worship, prayer, and Bible study. Peace is yours, child of God,
as you take your mind off your problems, and instead, set your mind on Jesus.
Over the past two months, we’ve looked at Paul’s letters to the Ephesians and Philippians. This month, our focus will
be in his letter to the Colossians. This is another one of Paul’s “prison letters.” It is dated during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome in A.D. 60. At that time, there was a lot of empty human philosophy being taught. Sound familiar?
Paul’s goal was to exalt Christ as the very image of God, being one who contained all the fullness of God and was completely adequate in all ways and for all things. As Christ-followers, it is imperative that we proclaim the all-sufficiency of Jesus
Christ and His relevance in our culture. He is our answer for everything.
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