Set Your Mind On The Things Above

Colossians 3:2-3 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Before concrete is poured, a worker “sets” forms to make sure that the concrete once poured takes the desired shape.  Without the setting of the forms, the concrete becomes a messy blob.  Before you secure or hang a picture, a nail is driven or “set” into a wall preferably into a wood stud.  Without the proper setting of the nail the picture hangs precariously.

Likewise, with a Christian’s life, if we do not “set our minds on things that are above,” we will not end up with the desired results.  Without this divine setting, our unconscious mind kicks in gear and decisions are made out from the flesh based on past experiences (selfish, earthly, fearful, lustful).  Our life becomes 1 John 2:15, For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. This is very frustrating and defeating to a believer because our life lived is inconsistent with what God wants.

Therefore, we must set our minds on Him.  St. Paul challenges us in 2 Corinthians 4:18, look (set your minds) not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 

Hebrews 12:1-2 declares, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing (setting) our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Set you mind on the things above!

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