“Set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not earthly things.” –Col. 3:1-2
It’s easy to look down.
It’s easy to focus on circumstances. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and anxious. It’s easy to become lost in the swirl of negativity that so often surrounds us.
But it’s better to look up.
It’s better to …
Set your heart on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.
For you DIED and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Col.3:3).
That’s right–you died. When you accepted Christ, your old man DIED. You didn’t just change–you died. And your life–all of your circumstances, all of your hopes and dreams, all of your fears and worries, your entire future …
Is now hidden in Christ.
As Paul said to the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal.2:20).
It’s Christ who lives in you. Your life is now hidden in Christ.
He’s not downcast. He’s not dismayed by circumstances. He’s not overwhelmed or anxious. And he’s definitely not caught up in a swirl of negativity.
Because he knows who he is.
Do you know who you are?
Look up. You just may find out.
Lord, thank you for the amazing reality of my identity in you. I no longer face the world in my own strength. My life is hidden in you. The things that stand in opposition to your plans for my life, face you–not me. Help me to rest in the reality of who you are–and who I am in you. And mostly Lord, despite the multitude of things that swirl around me vying for my attention and affections, keep my heart steadfastly focused on you. Keep my mind set on things above. The place where you are seated at the right hand of God … the place where all things are under your feet … the place where you reign in perfect righteousness, justice, and peace … and the place where I am already seated with you, secure in finished work of the cross. ~Amen.