Colossians 3:1-4 – “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” NASU
Salvation is a supernatural work of God’s incredible grace and not of works, not earned, and not deserved. So, when I say, “God’s Part – My Part” I want it understood that the New Birth is not something we can produce or earn but once we have been transformed and born anew into the family of God there are some things that God will not do for us but expects us to do for ourselves. If that is problematic for anyone, I am sorry but, I truly believe that is the truth as taught in scripture.
Paul begins with the assertion or position of IF and once that IF is determined as fact and truth THEN there are some following steps to be enacted and embraced in our lives here on earth. Paul’s statement is a suggestion that IF we fail to do what he follows with, there are significant and severe negatives spiritually which often translate or are felt naturally. He tells those to whom he is speaking, “Therefore if you have been raised with Christ (born again, saved), keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” He highlights a need for believers to follow the directive of Jesus in Matthew, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” That is or should be the desire of all believers to ‘seek Christ.’ We should desire His presence, person, and power in our lives always and in all things. That is basic Christianity, in my view.
Then, the apostle instructs as to how we can achieve that desire by telling them and us, “Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth.” The focus is the prize, not the process. If you were faced with crossing a wilderness or a burning desert, reaching the other side would be virtually impossible if you did not keep your eye on the finish line or the destination. If you just wandered in the wilderness or through the desert you would succumb to the elements and perish, but as you keep the objective firmly in the forefront of your minds you keep reaching for that prize. In keeping the prize before us we can take another step, resist the temptation to just give in and give up and keep moving one step or one day at a time.
Paul reminds them and us that this is possible for us to SET, an act of our will and flows out of a determined commitment, our minds on Christ because we are ‘dead’ and now our life is ‘hidden’ or ‘firmly fixed’ in Christ. It is through our making Him the purpose of our lives that we will enjoy the promise of being revealed with Him in glory. Our present position is not our destination for we are passing through. We are in a wilderness and we can make it to the other side and reach that Promised Land IF or BECAUSE we have our MINDS STAYED ON HIM.
God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!