Colossians 3:1-2 ——- If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
How did Jesus walk while He lived on earth? He desired to please the Father and so He obeyed, living a holy life. He wants us to live as He lived in obedience to the Father.
So what does it mean to “keep seeking the things above” and to “set your minds on the things above”? The answer is found in the heart of one who seeks and longs to please God. One who desires to know God and to be like our holy God will seek the things that are above – Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Our thoughts will be occupied with a desire to know God and heaven – our future home. We will want to see Him face to face, have an eternal relationship with Him, and to please Him with our lives.
When we think on the things above, we think of where Christ is!
What can we do practically to help set our minds on heavenly things?
The first step is to recognize our need for setting our minds on things above. We must recognize that there are many competing claims upon our minds and our attention, and we must resolve to find a time and a place where we will not be bombarded by TV, radio, the telephone, or the internet.
Instead, we should give ourselves to our Bibles and to the living God in a little safe and quiet space. We must give ourselves to setting our minds on things above by meditating upon and memorizing Scripture.
Likewise, as we read the Scriptures we ought to pray, “O Lord, open my eyes to see You and the wonders that You are and the wonders that You promise.” These are the things of heaven. And in this way we will become more heavenly minded because we are saturating our minds with the things of God, the words of Scripture.
It is very simple in the end. Find a time and a place where you have a season of solitude and quiet. Open your Bible and read slowly, and as you read turn every sentence into prayer. And saturate your mind. Ask questions. Ponder. Ask how it relates to your family, your children, your society, your job, and your leisure; so that all of your life takes on a God ward focus, Bible saturation, and an exaltation of Jesus Christ.
In Uganda we travel 150km through dusty roads, to reach villages with no electricity. But what keeps us going is the conversion of souls, where thousands get saved. We do not look at our comfort but we look for the things above because that is eternal.
When Saul sought the Lord, he wanted to do know what he could do for God. Paul wanted to know who God was and what he could do for Him. He spent time seeking God through the Holy Spirit, he experienced God more than those Apostles who had physically seen Jesus. He still wanted to know Jesus more, he still wanted to work for God till there very end. He was whipped, stoned and imprisoned but he still preached.
Paul sought heavenly riches. If we want peace on earth we have to seek the higher things in life.
God’s plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple – one person telling another about the Saviour. Yet we’re busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone’s eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you’ll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the gospel.