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Set your mind on Him

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. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Colossians 3:1-5

When you received God’s grace manifested on His death on the cross, your sins are blotted out in His mind. “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds” (Hebrews 10:17). Understanding what He did should prompt believers to be grateful. This is what the Apostle Paul is admonishing Christians to do as mentioned in the text. He said that once you realized that Christ had raised you in the new life that is in Him, you died in your selfish desires and should no longer be setting your minds on things of this earth. It doesn’t mean that you no longer to think about family, food, mortgage, etc., it’s just that these are not the dominating factors that control your decisions. Once you allow the things of the earth occupy your mind most of the time, you lose sight of what God wants for your life. You will get sidetracked and will start to desire more of the world, which is in contradiction to His desire for you so you can live a godly life. Once you accept Christ’s lordship, your life belongs to Him. He is the one who purchased you with His blood shed on the cross. “You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). With this in mind, it will help you see God’s priorities that need to occupy your life. Do you allow your mind to be guided by the thoughts that come from God? Let your mind dwell on His word. Think about His mercy, goodness, love, kindness, grace, and faithfulness. Be close to Him in fellowship so that your mind will be transformed and this will lead you to actions that honors and glorifies Him. "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect," (Rom. 12:2).


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