Beyond the blues!
Verse for Today: Monday, September 16, 2013
Colossians 3:2 – Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Our thoughts portray that which is important to us. Our hearts dwell in that which is real to us. It is our privilege to think about that which we hope for and expect. When we know that our destiny is heaven, it is natural that we think more about heaven than earthly matters. What is on earth are unstable and subject to change, decay and destruction. What we see are for our use for the time being. God’s children do not have any long lasting inheritance or interest here on earth. God expects us to live in the hope of being with Him in Heaven forever. This world gives us losses, failures, defeats, pain, misery, weariness and frustrations. But Heaven will bring great joy, satisfaction and excitement because our beloved Lord will be there in visible glory. So when we set our minds on things above, our lifestyle here on earth will exemplify such a focus. Our activities here on earth will then be those which will have relevance in heaven as we reach there. Today we have the opportunity to invest all our resources in activities which will find results in heaven. All our efforts on earth should thus have goals to please our Master who will reward us for our toils for Him here on earth. Each decision we make here on earth will then be based on how it would be relevant in heaven. That’s why Apostle Paul wrote about setting our minds on things above which will be a place of lasting values, relationships and rewards. When we thus set our minds on things above, our thoughts will not be disturbed with the corruptible and temporal things of our daily lives, but will be renewed through hope of what we expect in our Father’s house above. It will give us lasting peace, comfort and joy as we live with such expectancy.
Dear friend, are you bothered with the decaying and corruptible things of this earth? Your thoughts and desires will be governed by the place you think more about. If your mind is focused on the temporal things, you will be grossly disappointed because all resources and relationships that bind you will change as days pass by. Today we have the opportunity to invest our time, talents, training and treasures wisely in souls and their welfare. Thus the kingdom of God will enlarge and peoples’ lives will be built up spiritually. Today we are challenged to use the time at our disposal to meditate on the Word of God which is eternally secure in heaven. Then Jesus will be the centre of our thoughts and everything that we do will be directly or indirectly for Him and His glory. Today the Word of God reminds us to examine our lives to see to what extent we think on things which are above as compared to things of this corruptible and decaying world. Abraham thought more about the city that God prepared for him and lived with great expectation. David kept writing and singing concerning that which was above. The prophets spoke about their expectation of the eternal kingdom of God. Isaiah and Ezekiel saw a glimpse of it. Apostles John and Paul had a taste of it through revelation. But it is described and given to us in our language for us to read and meditate so that our thoughts will be renewed about heaven and our future lives with the Great Lover of our souls. Such a life in heaven while here on earth will renew our lives and sparkle our understanding with its glow and help us to live above the temporal struggles of our earthly lives.
Colossians 3:1 – Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Thought for Today
The cares of this world will vaporize at the high altitude beyond the blues.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to meditate on my eternal home and rise above the cares of this life. Amen!
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