A few weeks ago, I was texting with a friend about how much we’re missing out on this year. I typed the words, “Nothing good is happening right now.” As soon as I saw that sentence, it was like holding up a mirror to my heart. I knew those words reflected my raw attitude but not the heavenly reality. My eyes were set on things of earth rather than the things of heaven.
When we look at this world and all its challenges and disappointments, it feels like nothing good is happening right now. But if we turn our eyes heavenward to our Heavenly Father, we will see the goodness of all His gifts to us.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
In these verses, Paul encourages us to focus on Christ and all that we have in Him. He tells us to set our minds on things above rather than the things on earth, because he knows that the earthly treasure is fleeting and capricious. This world may temporarily satisfy us, but it can’t and won’t ultimately fulfill our desires.
When Paul mentions Christ seated at the right hand of God, he wants us to remember the victorious Lamb of God. Christ has taken the punishment for our sin on the cross. He’s conquered death by rising again. He’s secured our salvation and defeated any enemy that could threaten to take us from Him.
I’m thankful the whopping disappointment of 2020 isn’t all we have. We have things that are above—namely Christ and all He’s given to us. We have salvation, forgiveness, adoption, and a glorious future with Him. These heavenly treasures are secured by His grace and can never be taken away from those who are in Christ.
No matter what you face this week, set your minds on things that are above.
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