“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
What are you focusing on? What is it that holds your attention? There are a great many things that demand our attention and some of them may be worthy of great consideration! However, beloved, we need to keep the most important thing in focus, and that is Jesus.
Colossians 3 is my favorite chapter of Scripture, hands down. It starts with this fantastic admonition to set our minds on Christ and to seek the things above (kingdom ways). Then it goes on to remind us of all the other things that we need to think and put into practice! IF we have our focus right, then the rest of the instructions find their rightful place. Paul urges us to put off the old ways of the flesh and to put on the new kingdom clothing of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. What is the lynch-pin that holds these precious virtues together? Paul artfully lands that final stroke with the admonition to love and forgive one another just as Christ has forgiven us. This is not another “To-do” list, but it is our new kingdom identity in Christ. Beloved, keep looking up, because our Savior is coming back for us! The darker things get in our culture, contrasts with the beautiful, stunning, and eternal light that comes only from Jesus. So, keep your eyes and mind set on Jesus. May God help us to do it!!