If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
At this point in his letter to the Colossians, Paul began addressing the practical aspects of following Christ. And his opening comment sets the stage. Specifically, we’re told “to seek,” and to “set our minds” – on things above.
The language Paul used meant to continuously search, “getting to the bottom of a matter.” I actually like the NASB here because it emphasizes the ongoing nature of this pursuit by saying “keep seeking the things above.”
The next thing we’re instructed to do is to set our minds on things above. Interestingly, this phrase conveys the notion of developing an inner perspective which shows itself in outward behavior. We’re to concentrate on things above with the intention of allowing what we find there to impact our actions.
But what are the “things above” we’re to strive after? Upon what things are we to form our opinions and base our actions? Believe it or not, we’re not specifically told. In fact, “things above” does NOT even appear in the Greek text which literally reads: “If then you were raised together in the Christ, the up seek, where the Christ is in right of the God sitting; the up think, not on the earth.”
The Up, seek…The Up, think. Period. All we know is that it’s not things on earth and it’s where Christ now sits.
Amazingly, “up” here can refer to either place or time. In other words, we’re to continuously strive for, and think about, our place in heaven which is above – and our time in heaven which is up above.
The things of this world got you down? Think Up! –Dave
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