Thursday, November 20, 2008

What do you think about all day?

"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." Colossians 3:1-2, ESV

What do you think about all day?
What do you find your mind continually coming back and landing on? Do you catch yourself daydreaming about that next purchase? Pop culture? The movie you've been waiting on to be released? Sinful thoughts?

What about Christ?

Does he consume your thoughts all day, every day? To some that thought may sound strange. Some would even consider that a very BORING proposition. "Thinking of Jesus Christ? For more than, like, 30 seconds? That's like watching paint dry..."

What do you think about all day?

The answer to that question will reveal:
1) who/what you worship.
2) what is most valuable to you.
3) where your heart truly lies.

Unregenerate people see no value in Christ. He is no treasure to them. Amazing! The most valuable person in the universe; the most exciting, glorious, awesome person - considered unworthy of our attention. The lost have no eyes to see the plainest truth. They are blind to his glory and dead to his excellencies. "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Cor 4:4).

Paul urges the Christians in Colosse, and us, to "seek" the things that are above, "where Christ is." He calls us to elevate our attention to the presence of the exalted, glorious Christ! He instructs us to SET our minds on things above. The word 'set' reminds me of concrete drying, hardening; becoming fixed in place. Let our eyes be fixed like concrete in an unmovable gaze at the beauty and majesty of Jesus the Christ.

Having stated this truth positively, he now words it negatively: "not on things that are on earth." Here is a clear command to NOT have our minds fixed on earthly things. How are we doing with this? "Prone to wander, Lord I feel it" (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing). How our flesh loves distractions; even good ones! But nothing will satisfy us like a gaze at Jesus' glory.

Paul even describes enemies of the cross as those whose minds are set on earthly things (Phil 3:18-19)!

Are we believers? Have we seen a glimpse of glory? Has the veil been lifted in our own lives, and the true value and beauty of Jesus Christ revealed to us? Then let us tear our minds from earthly things that are infinitely inferior, and let us SET our minds, our eyes, our focus on the exalted King: Jesus Christ!

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the lgory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor 4:6

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