“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:2
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During uncertain times like the ones we’re experiencing, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. But I want to encourage you to “set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
If we sit around and worry about what’s going on around us, then our focus isn’t where it needs to be. Jesus said that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). So if your heart is cumbered with a load of care, you’re placing your treasures here on this earth.
The apostle Paul reminds us that, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). He was explaining to the Colossian church that they didn’t need to be concerned with regulations of the old law like keeping Sabbath days and festival days or not eating certain foods (Colossians 2:16-22). They were nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). All those things perish and will pass away, anyway. And we, like the Colossians, need not fret ourselves over things that are temporary and that won’t last.
If we are risen with Christ, we seek things that are above, and we think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and things that are of good report (Philippians 4:8). Those who are risen with Christ are those who were also buried with Him.
If you are a Christian, you were “buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12). There’s a connection between being risen with Christ as a new creation and having been buried with Him. You can’t have risen to new life if you were never buried with Him in baptism.
But Christians have new life in Christ, and since Christ is above, seated at the right hand of God, we set our minds and our hearts on Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith, so we look unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). In uncertain times and in times of refreshing, we can fix our eyes on the Lord.
Are you bogged down with the cares of this world?
Set your mind on things above.
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