Set Your Minds

I’ve been journaling through the book of Colossians in my personal Bible study. (To learn how I use Journibles for studying the Bible, see this post I wrote for my church’s blog.) I wanted to share a few thoughts from this passage I’ve memorized.

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. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

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What does it mean to set our minds on things that are above?

Simply,

When the baby doesn’t sleep, when the dishes tumble over, when the dog won’t stop barking, when the kid is crying, when the husband works late, when the milk spills, when the school pickup line is delayed, when the kid is sick, when you can’t hold your eyes open for one second longer, when the ends don’t meet, when the dreaded phone call rings, when the job is lost, when the loved one dies, when you’re weak, when you’re weary, when you’re worn – set your mind on Christ.

Friends, the Gospel is our eternal circumstance, our forever situation, our only hope, our everlasting joy.

Our Father is “over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:6)

Live in the reality of what Christ has done for you.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Today, set your minds on things above. 

3 Comments

  1. Catherine on July 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I’ve been reading through Paul’s letters and I was struck by how he loved Jesus and the gospel. I read a chapter in the morning and pray–it makes the day start out right.

    All the stories and poems I write echo the greatest story ever told–it humbles me and yet I feel privileged. Reading scripture in the morning reminds me of that and not to set my eyes on myself.

  2. Jayme on August 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks so much for this beautiful reminder, Victoria!

    • Victoria on August 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Oh you’re welcome Jayme 🙂 I need the reminder daily!

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