Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
There is a book by former Mathmatician/Philospher, Edwin A. Abbott, called Flatland. This book is a series of conversations with one dimensional, two dimensional and three dimensional shapes. A triangle that has lived its entire life in the two dimensional world has no experience with and therefore no way to comprehend a one dimensional or three dimensional reality. If a three dimensional sphere passes through a two dimensional world, the two dimensional shapes would only be able to think about and explain it in two dimensional language, they wouldn’t be able to conceptualize what going up or down means.
In the same way, earthly things are all that we know. Therefore, in order to set our minds on things above we need a fundamental shift in the core of who we are. We need new life.
That’s why we are reminded throughout the scriptures to “walk by the Spirit’, ‘seek first His kingdom’, ‘set your minds on things above, not on earthly things’, etc. Our core beliefs need to center around God and His kingdom and not on earthly blessings. A person who has been spiritually raised with Christ thinks and views everything with eternity in mind. Francis Chan calls it living ‘in light of eternity.’ When our core beliefs shift from living in this world to living ‘in light of eternity’ our lives start to become more God filled and less ‘me’ centric.
When our lives are filled with God, setting our hearts and minds on the things that are above no longer becomes something we have to be reminded of, it becomes a crucial part of our core beliefs. We are no longer living for the world, we are living as people who have been raised with Christ.
How do our lives become more God focused and less ‘me’ focused?
Prayer: Lord, help us to understand the truth of who you are and the realities of heaven. May we be known as people who have been with You because we have set our hearts and minds on You. Holy Spirit, make us new. Amen