Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things

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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

Biblical belief is not simply looking backwards to the cross, and moving forward as if the resurrection never happened. We need to look forward to Jesus, who is alive and well seated at the right hand of God, and live every waking moment of our lives as though we really believe that we will be with Him. Our hearts and minds need to be consumed with the things of Heaven. Some have said that if you are too heavenly minded you won’t be any earthly good. However the bible teaches the contrary. Unless you are heavenly minded, everything you accumulate on earth will burn up and be blown away at the Judgment seat of Christ.

We live in a natural world filled with natural things such as possessions and relationships, and one might be tempted to think that we should remove everything from our lives for the sake of Christ. However, these things, many times, are gifts from God and all we need is a heavenly perspective to help us manage them according to God’s will. It is not a sin to have things on earth, so long as our hearts are in heaven and the purpose for having them is for Christ’s sake.

Be intentional about living your life in light of eternity. Keep Christ as the focal point in all of your dealings. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can manage the seemingly insignificant things in life for eternal purposes.

Heavenly Father, mark my mind with eternity. Take my heart and have all of me. Holy Spirit, show me how to manage the things in my life, no matter how natural they seem, with eternal significance. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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