“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2
What does it mean to set your mind on things above? We don’t want to be so heavenly minded we are of no earthly good, right? Paul tells us to set our hearts and minds on things above. A few days ago I wrote about the heart and things that pass through it. (February 26) In light of our hearts, I take Paul’s words to mean that we need to focus on forgiveness and treasures of the kingdom like salvation, hope in eternity, Jesus’ work on the cross, joy in the Lord, peace for living, thanksgiving and listening to the Holy Spirit. We also can focus on love for God and others, purity in our walk and obedience to His Word in our thoughts and attitudes. Setting our minds on Christ keeps us focused on heaven, Christ’s return, those things in life that have eternal value and lifts us up out of the ‘pit’ of anguish, despair, turmoil, hurt and sin that are so prevalent in this world. Look up today and see if that does not help you have a more positive attitude filled with hope and joy in the Lord.
Endeavoring to develop an attitude for eternity,
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness..” Lamentations 3:21-23