Coll 3:1-7 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. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
Some months ago, my Pastor preached a message about heaven and afterwards there was open discussion. As I sat there listening I was encouraged as I was reminded of my future hope. So often our minds are pre-occupied with the cares of this – world, money, jobs, our children, our spouses. As demanding and pressing as all these things can sometimes be, we are told to set our minds on things above. We are put here to have dominion and be faithful stewards of all that God places in our care but the bible is clear as to what our minds are to be pre-occupied with and where our hearts are to be..“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Matt 6:21.
So how do we prepare for it? Firstly by receiving Christ as our saviour and then by actively and daily putting to death, all of those things that belong to our earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and the idolatry of greed. You see, the road to the kingdom of heaven is a narrow one, not for the faint hearted or weak willed. The other way on the other hand, the path that leads to destruction is broad and anything goes.
Do you remember that old book, “Pilgrim’s progress“? It showed how the main character, Christian, faced struggles on his way to the celestial city..the walk of the believer is certainly not an easy path. Paul described it as a struggle or war continually against our fleshly nature. We need to be daily focusing our minds on Christ, asking Him for the help of His spirit and living in complete dependency upon Him. The moment we take our eyes off Christ or feel..”Yeah, I could handle this” we begin to sink like Peter did. The winds and waves are just too strong!
The wonderful truth is that when as believers we put to death the works of our flesh, there is something far more glorious that fills and emanates from our lives- the aroma of the fruit of the Spirit..love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, gentleness and temperance. I know I would rather have that in abundance rather than the other stuff..wouldn’t you?
Today let’s ask the Lord to re-focus our minds. To help us to conduct ourselves with an awareness of the future hope we have in Him and to prepare for it, denying the flesh and giving way to His spirit- all in the midst of all the demands of this present world.
Have a great weekend and keep up the good fight of faith!
1 Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
By Carol-angel Jackson