Living Hope | Colossians 3:1-2 | Devotional
Colossians 3:1-2 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.
Let’s face it. We really are what we think about and desire to have. Our mind is the GPS that points us to our “treasure” and our heart is the engine that carries us to our “prize.” Our mind determines the direction; our heart provides the drive. That’s why our passage today is so important.
In our new life, transformed by Jesus, it is his Spirit, speaking through our internal GPS, who gives the direction to “continue straight” or “turn right now.” For all those who “have been raised with Christ,” it is his Spirit who empowers us to continue on and complete the journey. When we make the wrong turn, accidentally or on purpose (or accidentally on purpose) the Spirit “recalibrates” the route to get us back on the right path.
Setting our hearts and minds “on things above” is not some mysterious endeavor maintained by secluded meditation. Paul explains, that this eternal direction and drive is secured by keeping “in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). Make up your mind to follow hard after Jesus. If you do that, you will always be headed in the right direction for the right reasons.
Father, earthly things distract me. They are shiny and tempting. They cause my mind and heart to take wrong exits and stay too long at rest stops. Forgive me. I can’t make this journey on my own. Capture my mind and heart for Jesus. Help me to keep in step with his Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.