What You Seek Is Determined By Your Location
Paul continues to hit pretty hard; especially for those of us who follow Christ is an affluent culture and time. What do you really “seek”? What do you really desire? Would you be willing to give up financial security and luxury if it meant that you had intimacy with Jesus or if it meant that God could use you to point others to Himself? When you made your goals for 2019; how did the fact that you belong to Jesus influence those goals. Here are the first four verses of chapter 3 of Paul’s letter to the Colossians: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” The word “if” can also be translated “since”; which I think is a better translation for this sentence. Since you’ve been raised with Christ, you should seek those things which are above, not the things of this earth. You are now “dead” to this world…your life is not your own. We forget this, which is why the New Testament reminds us so frequently. We want salvation and the blessings but we don’t want service. I recently heard David Platt say, “You can’t USE Jesus for salvation if you REFUSE Jesus as Lord”. That is 100% accurate. If you have truly received Jesus as your Savior then you no longer have any rights or privileges outside those granted to you by Christ. He owns you. Therefore, what should be on our minds most is how best to serve Him…how best to accomplish His purpose and plans.
This is difficult at times. This world, especially the affluent, luxury filled world that most of us live in, has a very strong pull toward self and selfishness. I believe an effective way to ward against this pull is to be reminded that my life no longer belongs to me. My job is not to protect what I have but to offer everything I have, keeping my mind on the things above…the things that are important to my Master, Jesus Christ. I encourage you to seek those things that fit the fact that you are already a citizen of heaven. You are just waiting until your body and mind are fully transformed in eternity. If you don’t want to think about heavenly things now, do you really think you’ll want to think about them later? One more thought; do you remember how excited you were a week or two before a really great vacation? The days and weeks leading up to that vacation are filled with consistently thinking about it. That’s exactly what Paul has in mind here. If you’re not consistently thinking about heaven and its glory, isn’t it possible that you’re not really sure that you belong to Christ? Please consider that and know that I’m available to talk if you would like to discuss this.