Daily Devotion | Day 307
“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 minds on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV).
In our previous messages we looked at our blessings in the heavenly places. We also covered the fact that God has made us sit with Christ in the heavenly places. You need a heavenly vision to succeed in your earthly mission. Today, we will conclude the series by looking at how to maintain a heavenly perspective during our time on earth. To do this, we will examine what Paul says in today’s opening Scripture from his Letter to the Colossians.
In the passage, notice that Paul is pointing us above – to the heavenly places. If we have been raised with Christ, he says, we should seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Recall from yesterday that Christ is not seated alone. We’re seated with Him. If you’re seeking something, it means that thing is important to you. As Jesus Himself stated, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Because we and Jesus are joined by an eternal covenant, He is our treasure. It makes sense, therefore, to seek His face and keep our gaze on Him.
Next, Paul tells us how to go about seeking the things above. “Set your minds on things above,” he says. Where your mind goes, your life goes. When you focus your mind on something, it affects you one way or the other. Seeking the things above involves the exercise of the mind. This means we need to tune our mind to heavenly things. If you want to view a particular television program, you switch to the appropriate channel. A similar principle applies in our Christian walk. Whether you win or lose begins with your mind. Therefore, it matters where you turn your mind.
The Scriptures contain a revelation of heavenly things intended for our meditation. When you meditate, it means you’re setting your mind on something. The Scriptures act like a mirror. They show you images of God’s glory. When you meditate, you’re looking intently in that mirror. And as you do so, you’re changed into that same glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18). Isaiah says, “You [God] keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you” (26:3, ESV). You win by setting your mind on the right things. And there’s nothing better to focus on than Jesus. When you focus your mind on the wrong things, your life will go in the wrong direction.
To sum up: In Christ, God has made you a winner. To remain a winner, God wants you to tune your mind to things above, where Christ is, where your victory is. Nourish your mind with the right thoughts. Keep your mind above and win from above. And may the blessing of the Lord remain upon you. Amen.
For further study: Psalm 121:1-8 and Matthew 5:1-16