“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
I used to be a “professional” photographer. I use the term professional loosely because it never really took off and I didn’t have the desire to pursue it as much as I wanted to pursue other ventures. One of the first things I learned, is the focus. Depending on what the goal is with the photo, the focus changes. If you wanted to highlight an object or person in the foreground with a somewhat blurry background, you move the focus closer. If you wanted to take a photo of a landscape such as a mountain scene, you move the focus farther away. When I went to another shoot after leaving one, I’d have to do a few things to get ready like changing batteries and memory cards. Another thing I’d have to do is reset the focus on the camera and make sure that what I wanted to emphasize was going to be prominent.
Christian, we need to reset our focus on things that matter! Colossians was written by Paul and sent to a group of individuals at Colosse who were in the presence of heretical teaching. Paul writes to a group of people who need a focus reset. Rather than focusing on the legalistic teaching that was being presented, Paul exhorts his readers to “seek the things that are above” (v. 1). This exhortation is calling the believer to desire the things that Christ desires and to seek things that are important to Heaven rather than the things that are important to earth. The focus of the believers at Colosse had shifted from Heavenly things to earthly things. Paul’s exhortation is so timely and important even today.
So often, we seek the things that are around us. We seek status, money, power, possessions, etc. and we come up fruitless because it is never enough. It never satisfies and it never will because that is not its purpose. The purpose of such things is to be given back to God. We are only meant to steward these entities well and leverage them for the sake of the Gospel. We use status, money, power, and possessions for the sake of Christ because we have been raised with Him. We ought to put all of our eggs into the basket of Heaven and seek the things that are above and eternal, rather than earthly and temporary.
In my own life, this is very difficult. I want to be great, popular, relevant, and so many other things. Instead of seeking to be obedient to God, I sometimes seek to be popular to man. This is such a dangerous game. Instead of obeying the One who created me and desires me to know Him, I seek to be relevant and popular among my peers. However, when I am obedient to Christ and have my mind set on the things above as it says in Colossians 3:1-2, life is so much more vibrant and exciting. That is the way God intended the Christian life to be lived.
The exhortation of Colossians 3:1-2 ought to call us back to repentance and back to a desire to be obedient to God rather than to those around us or to our possessions. May we reset our focus on what really matters…making disciples wherever we go and making much of Christ rather than ourselves.
Pray: Father, thank You for Your Word that You have given to us. Thank You that it is always relevant and it is always powerful. Help me to seek the things that are above and important to You. Help me to constantly be aware of how I can leverage my possessions and status for Your glory.
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