Set Your Hearts on Things Above-Colossians 3:1-4

Colossians 3:1-4 “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. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Colossesi 3:1-4 «Se dunque siete stati risuscitati con Cristo, cercate le cose di lassù dove Cristo è seduto alla destra di Dio. Aspirate alle cose di lassù, non a quelle che sono sulla terra; poiché voi moriste e la vostra vita è nascosta con Cristo in Dio. Quando Cristo, la vita vostra, sarà manifestato, allora anche voi sarete con lui manifestati in gloria.”


     This message from Paul brings into focus a key to living a victorious Christian life. The text mentions that since we as believers have been raised with Christ, we should set our hearts on things above. The meaning is quite simple. Our lives should be dominated by the pattern of heaven, bringing heavenly direction to our earthly activities. The word “set” is a word that means “to exercise your mind”. The implication from this is clear. Don’t just say you are believer; think like a believer! There are things that are temporal and things that are eternal. The “things above” involves centering our lives on the glorified Christ, seated in Heaven, having defeated the forces of evil (Hebrews 2:14-15) and the Holy Spirit who He sent to live in us.

     Paul then reminds of us of the reward. When Christ appears in the rapture of the saints, we will be glorified as He is glorified. The Epistle of John echoes the same message “But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2). The training of your mind is a process that will need constant monitoring since our natural tendency and our environment follows the temporal patterns of this world.

Pray with me: Lord, I confess that I don’t always set my mind on things above when I face the realities of this world. Help me to see the events of my life as a believer through the core of my spiritual mind.

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