For a reminder of what I’m doing this month, read this post.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Breaking these verses down, the first is essentially saying, “If you are really believers, you should look for things that are of a heavenly nature, things that are near to Christ.” If we claim to be Christians, but continue to seek out worldly things to fill our time with, we are not really living as followers of Jesus.
The second and third verses then, are encouraging us to not only seek out eternal things, but to think on these things as well. We may outwardly appear to live right, but if our thoughts are worldly, it is no different than if we were living sinfully. If we have really died to the old man, our real life is with Christ, not here on Earth. If our real life is with Him, our thoughts certainly should be as well.
For me, this means looking past the mess I see here – both literal and figurative – to eternal things. A verse that goes hand in hand with this one is Philippians 4:8:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
So then, this verse does not direct us to think all of our thoughts outside of earth, but to restrict our earthly thinking to things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. The love of a child is pure, the helping hand of a neighbour to someone in need is noble, the sun rising each morning is lovely. There are many examples of things we can think on that may dwell on earth but have their origins in Heaven and will only benefit us to think about.
Today is day thirty and is the last day in my month of verse-a-day writing. It’s been a stretching time for me writing each day and especially writing about scripture each day. I believe that it has been a time of growth for me as well, as I’ve learned to take a verse or two and really think about their meaning. I hope that these entries have been an encouragement to all who have been reading and that they will continue to be in the future. I am looking forward to going back to the old way of things, but hope to keep up with the verse a day on my own as a devotional. I feel like I have all sorts of things I haven’ t written about in the last month and I’m looking forward to sharing soon.
This verse comes from VOTD.