Keeping Your Mind and Heart Focused on Christ

Colossians 3:1-4 (NASB): Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 

Are you growing weary of watching or reading the “news” and just becoming so completely discouraged at what is happening in our country and our world? There is so much hatred and a lack of unity that it reminds me of the words of Jesus from the 24th chapter of Matthew’s gospel: “most people’s love will grow cold.” You could certainly argue that there is a growing lack of love in the world we live in today. A very wise lady in the Sunday School class I teach said, “People just don’t love each other anymore.” As Christians, as we continue “seeking the things above,” our response to this world must be to love one another.

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

As Christians, we need to wake up every morning, open up our Bible, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our heart and mind. (We also need to do this throughout the day and before going to sleep at night). By staying in the Word, we draw closer in our relationship to God and we have what we need to face a sinful and hurting world. As we set our mind “on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth,” we think less about the sinful desires of the world we live in and more about how to overcome the things of this world. We are given power from above to actually show the world what it needs most – the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So many people measure their life by what they accumulate and accomplish while on this earth. They desire to make a name for themselves and to leave behind a legacy that will keep their memory alive. Our text from Colossians today reminds us as followers of Christ, we have died to this world and our “life is hidden with Christ in God.” Although we continue to live in this world we are not of this world. Our eternal future and our life in Christ is not measured by what we have done or accomplished but rather by what Christ accomplished on the cross at Calvary.  Continue to “set your mind” on the things above.

“When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

 

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