1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
We’re given two directives in our focus text.
- Set your hearts on things above
- Set your minds on things above
Both points mean essentially the same thing. Think about that place where Christ is and don’t dwell on earthly things. Seems simple enough. But is that really what we think about? I submit that we are consumed with earthly matters and think little about things above. But why?
The primary reason is that life is one big distraction. Earning a living. Caring for a family. Jumping from problem to problem. The pursuit of earthly dreams.
Did Paul mean that things on earth don’t matter? Are we to live day to day with our heads in the clouds without giving thought to what’s happening in our world? Of course not. God wants us to view life with a heavenly perspective.
Imagine that you just won the grand prize for the big 4th of July celebration at your favorite department store. Your luxury one week cruise to the Bahamas departs one month from today. It will not cost you a dime. Additionally, the store has given you a $500 gift card and a set of travel luggage. All you have to do is be ready to depart on August 4. Can you do it?
Meanwhile, the rest of your day-to-day life remains the same. Same problems. Same responsibilities. However, now you will get things done with greater efficiency and in less time. Your attitude will be substantially better and there will likely be a substantial spring in your step. Why? Because that amazing free vacation is coming soon.
Your outlook changes when you have something substantial to look forward to. That’s Paul’s point. Look at what God has already done for you and then look at what lies ahead.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ…” (v1) Your resurrection is a done deal. Bank on it. Count on it. Just as Christ has been raised, God has given you a ticket to heaven “where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (v1b) You have even been given victory over death. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (v3) And your eternal gift is kept safely with Christ.
Yes. You still have life to live with all its problems and distractions. But you have something far more amazing ahead of you than a free cruise.
Everything we get excited about in this life is fleeting. Big events, special occasions, and earthly treasures are here today and gone tomorrow. Think about your last vacation. That week flew by as did your bank account paying for it.
But heaven lasts forever. God has something better than you and I can imagine. No matter how things look on this side of creation, for those of us who have been saved by God’s amazing grace, the best is yet to come.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Your Amazing Victory in Jesus
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.