We Should Be Occupied With Christ

in steemchurch •  4 months ago

“…seek those things which are above “ (v.1); “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (v.2)

At salvation our minds were opened to the virtues and values of the spiritual dimension. Prior to our resurrection we were focused upon “life under the sun” (Ecclesiastes1:3). At our spiritual awakening we discovered “spiritual blessings in heavenly places is Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:3) Our Savior is above; our eternal home is above; our treasures are laid up above. Therefore, it only stands to reason that if our hope is in Christ, we will set our sights on things above! Jesus said, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).


source

What Paul is instructing us to do in vs.1 and 2 is to mind our minds! With the impartation of the new nature at our new birth, we have a new mind. A wise person once said, “As we think, so are we” (Proverbs 23:7). Our lives are governed by our thoughts and we will ultimately pursue that about which we are thinking.

Note that we are instructed to “seek” and to “set” – to focus and fasten our minds upon Jesus Christ with whom we died and with whom we were raised.

A. “Seek” – Focus Our Minds Upon The Higher Virtues - “Seek those things which are above” (v.1)

The Living Bible puts it this way: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set
your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” (Colossians 3:1, 2).


source

When believers focus on the realities of heaven, they can then truly enjoy the world their heavenly Father has created. Focusing on the things above creates a sense of security, because no matter what happens in this world, we know that we have a better home above.

Paul challenged the believers in Philippi to focus their minds upon that which was elevating saying, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Some Christians spend their time seeking things that do not matter in the light of eternity. They tend to focus on how bad things are, on things that we cannot change, things that are temporal and not eternal. In doing so they end up with negative attitudes and unfulfilled dreams and visions. We need to seek the things of God—heavenly things with eternal significance.


source

B. “Set” – Fasten Our Minds Upon The Higher Values - “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (v.2)

Seek the “above things” and, having discovered them, fasten your mind permanently upon the “above things.” The present tense in the original indicates continuous action. This, of course, does not mean withdrawal from all the activities of this world to engage only in contemplation of eternity and heaven. The verses that follow make it quite clear that Paul expected Christians to maintain normal relationships in this world.

William Barclay explains, "But there will be this difference—from now on the Christian will see
everything in the light and against the background of eternity. He will no longer live as if this world was all that mattered; he will see this world against the background of the large world of eternity." (Expositor's Bible Commentary)


source

To be preoccupied with heaven is to be preoccupied with the One Who reigns there, His purposes and plans. We must remember who we are in Christ, and those things that we think about should reflect our new relationship and new nature. We must focus and fasten our minds on the things of God with emancipated souls and enlightened minds.

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

Good to hear from you futur, Thanks for sharing with Us!

..TH

videotogif_2018.03.28_18.49.16.gif
@STEEMCHURCH

To be preoccupied with heaven is to be preoccupied with the One Who reigns there, His purposes and plans.

Brother, excellent reflection. certainly on earth there are so many detours toward what we should not focus, above, as you describe it, we find peace and enlightenment. to let oneself be carried away by the things that exist and alienate the earth is to live thinking about it, and how to change it, but without focusing on eternity and those who are above, things can change with Christ our Lord. thanks for sharing. God bless you.

·

True, we tend to focus on the hardships of this world, when in fact we should focus only in behaving like Christ would, gaining souls for the Kingdom! Blessings brothers and sisters, A TRUE BLESSING AND HONOR TO BE HERE... to have come to this post, GREAT JOB! words are not enough... :')

Indeed nothing else profits than Jesus Christ we should be occupied by Him entirety

You are very correct, it's a pity that many has forgotten their purpose on earth and has lust after vain things like money and fun, we have a duty on earth and everyone should always keep that at the back of his mind