A Mind Set on Christ "So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self
[person before conversion] with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator. In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all." ~ Colossians 3:1-11
What occupies your thoughts? That’s a challenging question and one we should not ignore. In many ways, we are what we think. If our thoughts are focused on the concerns of this world, we will become like the world. But if our minds are set on the things above — in other words, where Christ is — we’ll become more like Him.
The point isn’t merely to think about heaven but to think on Christ, who is in heaven. When we do this, changes will start to take place: • We will gain an eternal perspective.
Instead of being distracted by trivial pursuits and discouraged by hardships and pain, we’ll be devoted to living for Christ. Then we will be able to rest in our loving Father’s choices for us. • Things of the world will lose appeal.
The more aware we are of Jesus, the less we tolerate sin, because we know it doesn’t fit us anymore. Instead of chasing the passing pleasures and goals of the culture, we’ll pursue a lifestyle of obedience to the Lord. • We’ll realize our security is in Christ.
Right now we are “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3)
. This speaks of our eternal security and also gives us a sense of safety since nothing comes our way without passing through God’s hands. • We look forward to a glorious future.
When Christ is revealed, then we will be revealed with Him in glory. Even when everything looks dismal, we have a reason to hope because our time here is infinitesimal compared to eternity with Christ.
Your beliefs determine your perspective on life, and that shapes your priorities and attitudes. https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/a-mind-set-on-christ