Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Living Above This Life

Colossians 3:1-4, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  (2)  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  (3)  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  (4)  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Scriptures teach us as believers, that we are to live above this life, that we are to live the resurrected life setting our minds on heaven.

Our hearts and minds are not to be set on things below, but things above. We are to be heavenly minded, glorify God in all we do, and occupy down here, till we go up there, by death or his coming.

We are in the world but not of the world. We are pilgrims, strangers and passer-bys on this earth. We are not to love the things of this world, and we are to set our hearts on heaven.

Our Lord is in heaven, our names are in heaven, our saved loved ones who died are in heaven, and our eternal home is in heaven, and our affections should be in heaven.

Having said all this, the danger for the Christian is to set their heart on the earthly and temporal, or this present world. To think more about things below more than the things above.

To be so entangled in the world that our growth, our joy, and our fruitfulness is hindered.

Paul says we are to set our minds on things above, which means to think heaven. How do we do that?

First, we must think of our union in Christ. Second, we must think of our belonging to Christ. Third, we must think of our glory that awaits us in Christ.