June 4 Keep seeking things above

Col 3:1 “Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking~~ the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

Whenever we travel internationally, there is always the assurance that soon we will be back home. It is amazing what can be endured with this thought.

Paul said that those who followed false teachers and their imposed legalism became “vainly puffed up by [their] fleshly mind[s]” (Col 2:18)—that is, self-righteous.

Those who focused on detailed regulations “according to the commandments and doctrines of men” (2:22) had the facade of spirituality “but [were] of no value against the indulgence of the flesh” (2:23).

On the other hand, the attitude that transforms lives is described in Colossians 3:1. It begins with the command to “habitually keep seeking the things above,” which means “to desire to have or experience or prioritize” the presence of Jesus as He is in heaven.

People seek what they believe will satisfy their needs and desires. You must make a decision: will you believe the evidence of Scripture about the value of “continually seeking the things above?”

This means to chose to sacrifice some personal gratifications now in order to live for Christ’s kingdom purposes because this will bring far greater satisfaction and meaning to our lives, especially when we see Him face to face. 

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him” (Rom 6:8). To “live with him” we chose to make Him our greatest delight. Are you eager for this day?

Here is the most powerful, important, and majestic person in all creation…and we are His…and He is our Savior and Lord! We serve the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The believer is to view everything on earth from His heavenly perspective: “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come” (Heb 13:14). The believer chooses to make heaven his chief delight—to make the anticipation of seeing Him face to face, being with Him, and pleasing Him life’s greatest expectation. This life is but a pilgrimage. Where do you want to be?

“Oh, Lord, how I long to see You face to face. The thoughts of living with You forever are the greatest delights of my days. Everything on earth fades in comparison.”


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