“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.” Col. 3:1,2
These two verses are filled with upward motion. “Raised with Christ” is referring to the believer’s association with the resurrection. It is filled with imagery of being lifeless in a prone position and then standing upright filled with life. It is God doing something that we cannot do. We rise upward from death to life because God raises us. Going from beneath to above. Completely dead, fully alive.
Because of God’s gracious work in raising us with Christ we are to set our hearts on things above. Paul is addressing the heart, the seat of the emotions and the center of our spiritual nature. Our emotions need to be centered in the finished work of Christ. We shouldn’t respond to circumstances in the same manner as unbelievers.
Paul also says that our minds or intellectual life should be in upward motion and set “above.” As fallen humans what we think about will naturally be lower than God’s desire for our lives. We must discipline our thoughts just as we discipline our actions. Our minds should be soaked in the Word of God. We should respond to the gracious desires birthed in our hearts by God to read His Word and spend time with Him in prayer. The present world order constantly influences our lives. There is a plethora of ideas, thoughts and ideologies that bombard us daily and if permitted will draw our minds away from Christ. There must be deliberate and persistent effort to spend time with God.
Why set our hearts and minds on things above in the heavenly realm? Because of God’s incredible grace to us in sending His Son to appease His wrath and bring us into His kingdom. I can do no less.