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Yesterday, I wrote about Colossian 3: 1-4 (What Defines Your Life?). Today I want to finish sharing what I learned from that passage.

Here’s the passage:

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4 ESV)

How do we seek things that are above? I’m assuming that this is talking about aligning our priorities with God’s.  Seeking things above would be pursuing things that have eternal value. It would be valuing things that God values. It would involve giving time, attention, and effort to heavenly things.

The problem is, there are so many earthly things that demand my attention. Of course, Colossians also says that “whatever you do,” you should do “heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (3:23). So I don’t think that seeking things above means that we must pray all of the time, and eat dry bread and water. Many things could be done to God’s glory.

But, there are way more possible things-to-do than there is time to do them. So how do I know if I am seeking the things above? Verse 2 says that I should “set [my] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” I need to deliberately think about heavenly stuff! I think this could refer to having a specific time to read my Bible and pray, but also could refer to deliberately training my mind to see things from God’s perspective. Instead of just deciding what I want to do with my spare time, I should ask for direction about how I can best glorify God with that time. Instead of worrying about some difficult circumstance, I can ask God to help me grow and to glorify Him through the situation.

As I read and thought about this, I honestly thought, “I’m not that kind of person.” There is no way that I can live my life seeing things from God’s perspective, and constantly trying to please Him. I’m distractible. I’m selfish. I’m sinful.

But the old me is dead. I was all of those things, but I don’t have to be anymore. Christ has paid for my sin, and He gives me power to be like Him. I won’t be perfect until I’m in heaven, but I can begin to have the mind of Christ now. I need to be like the athlete who works hard to train for an event even though that event is so far away (in time and distance) that she can hardly imagine it. Even though she can hardly imagine the competition, she lives her life with competition priorities. And even though I can hardly imagine heaven, I can live my life with heavenly priorities.

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