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The Choice Is Ours

The Choice Is Ours

Colossians 3:1-17

Set your mind on things above. —Colossians 3:2

One summer afternoon I climbed a hill near my home. When I reached the top, I stretched out on the grass to relax.

Turning my head to one side, my eyes focused on some blades of grass within inches of my face. This short-range focus not only strained my eyes, but it blurred my view of anything beyond the end of my nose. So I began to adjust my focus, and then the distant city came into view instead. I found I could shift my sights from near to far at will. The choice was mine.

In today's Bible reading, the apostle Paul emphasized that followers of Christ need to keep eternity in view. He wrote, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). We can choose where to put our focus.

We can succumb to selfish, earthbound thoughts, blurring our view of anything beyond the end of our nose. Or we can gaze through this sinful scene and fix our attention on things above, where Christ is seated at God's right hand—and we with Him! Then, and only then, are we in a position to see what's most important in life.

Only the mind set on things above can say no to sin and yes to holiness. The choice is ours. —Joanie Yoder

Help me to watch and pray,
And on Thyself rely;
And let me ne'er my trust betray,
But press to realms on high. —Wesley

The only way to see life clearly is to focus on Christ.
Jesus established the kingdom of God on earth. Therefore, the kingdom exists both in the "now" (the present) and the "not yet"(eternity).

In prophesying about the coming of the Messiah, John the Baptist said "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (Mt 3:2). The prayer guide Jesus taught His disciples says "Your kingdom come, your will be done ON EARTH as it is in heaven." (Mt 6:10)

Therefore, the "things above" that Paul refers to in Colossians 3:2 are not things that are of the future only, to be thought of as being off in the future. They are spiritual things in the here and now that we should be focusing on. The kingdom of Heaven is here on earth at the very moment you are reading this.


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