Colossians 3: 1-4: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
This life is never free from suffering. We go through trials and times of testing only to find that further difficulties or worries come our way. As believers, we must cling to God and be absolutely assured of the promise that God is with us in these moments of despair and uncertainty. Life can at times be overwhelming if we try to do it on our own. If we choose to seek God in these uncertain times, we have the promise that God will be with us in the midst of our many struggles.
This passage from Colossians reminds us that our “life” is not found in our possessions or in the things of this world. As followers of Christ, we must set our minds and our hearts on “things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” We must focus not on what we can see and acquire from this world. Our heart and mind must be focused on that which is unseen, which is hidden with Christ in God. We can attempt to define or measure ourselves by the standards of this world and we will never be fully satisfied. Only Christ can bring fullness and completeness to our lives if we will only choose to worship and follow Jesus above all else.
It’s often difficult to keep our minds fixed on Jesus and on heavenly things. We live in this fallen world and we are faced with trials and temptations that appear almost unbearable. It seems that the more we try to live like Jesus, many more obstacles and burdens come our way. It we are to overcome this world we must focus our entire being upon Jesus and upon the things of heaven. We must learn to turn our attention away from the things of this world and look to Jesus, who is seated at the right hand of God in heaven. We must remind ourselves of the promise that one day, after the struggles of this life is over, we will “appear with him in glory.”
There is an old gospel hymn called, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” that so beautifully sums up my devotion for today. Read the words of this wonderful old hymn and be reminded of the difference that Jesus can make in your life if you will only look to Him and not to the things of this world.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/t/u/turnyour.htm)