Are You Setting Your Mind on Things Above?
Putting on the New Man Who is Renewed in the Knowledge of God
by J.M. Troppello
What things has your mind been focused on? That’s a good question we all should be asking ourselves daily. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. I know from experience that when my mind is focused on worldly things (problems, worries, and even carnal things like factions amongst each other), then it’s more difficult to focus on Heavenly things. Some examples of good things to focus on include identifying God’s will for your life, working for God’s Kingdom, and cultivating peace with others.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Col. 3:1-11, NKJV)
The note from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) gives a good explanation about verses 2-3 where it says that you should set your mind on things above, not on things on earth, and you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. “The Greek word for set emphasizes an ongoing decision. Christians must continually discipline themselves to focus on eternal realities, instead of the temporal realities of this earth. A Christian’s life is no longer dictated by this world but is hidden with Christ. The Greek word for hidden indicates that God has accomplished this in the past so that it is a present reality.”
I love that explanation. It really opens my eyes to see the truth that as a Christian, you’re on a continual daily journey of focusing on ‘things above’ and not on earthly things. It reminds me that my life shouldn’t be dictated by things of this world. My present reality is that God has already hidden [me] with Christ. That is so comforting to me!
But then you need to read the rest of the passage and make a decision to walk in obedience to God by faith in your spirit, and not fulfill the lusts of your flesh. Yes, that is a daily journey. However, as I’ve grown in my walk with the Lord, I’ve realized that there is so much spiritual blessing in walking in that obedience to God.
Are you setting your mind on things above?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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