Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now 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 (NIV)
I will set my heart and mind on heavenly things rather than on earthly things. What do you mean by that? I will not pursue all that this world has to offer. I will not misspend my life on what will not last. I will not waste my time, talents and resources trying to acquire things. My life will not be about seeking to live in comfort and experience pleasure. You have made it so I can truly say that I am completely dead to the world and fully alive to you. That’s true. Do I always live out this reality? Does the world never succeed in capturing my attention? I know that I am not living out a perfect life. I do take missteps, make mistakes and sin. But you are guiding and guarding the course of my life. I am living my life with and for you. You forgive my sin. You cleanse my unrighteousness. You keep me moving forward with you. Yes, that is exactly what I am doing with and for you. For that, I am very thankful. That’s good.
What do you hope to gain? What do you hope to accomplish with your life? I hope to come to know you intimately. I hope to be able to know and do your will. I want to be used by you. I want to be an instrument in your hands. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to fully love, follow and obey you. I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world. I want others to be drawn to you through the testimony of my life. I hope to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom. I hope to bring glory to your name. How will all these desires be fulfilled? You have given me these desires. You will fulfill these desires. I know you. You are both the giver and granter of desires. Yes, I am. You give me prayers to pray that you will hear and answer. Yes, I will.
Is there anything else that you want? I want all that you want for me. I want nothing more. I want nothing less. One day when you appear in your glory, I want to be with you. I want to be able to hear you say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” Only you can and only you will make this possible. Have I asked for enough? Yes, you have asked for everything that I want to and will give to you. I will hear and answer your prayers. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, help me to live a life that is completely dead to the world and fully alive to you. I will set my heart and mind on heavenly things, of lasting and eternal value, rather than earthly things, so I can bear much fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
Key Question… Why would pursuing earthly things be one of the surest ways to misspend your life?
Living It Out… Make pursuing heavenly things that are of lasting and eternal value the goal of your life.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your life will be well spent as you pursue heavenly versus earthly things.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are engaged in pursing heavenly versus earthly things.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you set your heart and mind on heavenly things rather than on earthly things.
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