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 is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. (Colossians 3: 2-4 NRSV)
Set your mind, indeed!
Our human ability, in fact our human tendency, is to set our mind. We are very good at setting our minds, and then refusing to consider any other possible stance
The problem is that we often set our minds on the wrong things. We look toward our own desires, our own opinions and our own stuff!
Paul, in his letter to the church at Colossus, insisted that we should set our minds on higher matters, higher causes, higher thoughts.
It isn’t easy to set your mind on loftier things. But it is that stretch that helps us grow into the grown-up Christians we are called to be.
Jesus, for the most part, was patient with his followers. He helped them learn, teaching them by example, praising them when they lived up to his calling, reproving them when necessary. He called them to lift their eyes to a higher calling, to look beyond the usual and to grow up!
So, when Paul said to set our minds on things above, the Apostle was urging his hearers to be Christ-like, to behave like adults — not children, to grow into people who can make a difference in this world.
I challenge you (and myself!) to think about that this week. Set your mind to be a grown-up Christian, to listen to God’s Word and live by it, to be willing to obey God’s call on your life.
Reveal Christ in yourself, to the glory of God!