Collisions 3:1-2 (AMP)
If Then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
The bible says in proverbs, as a man thinks in his heart so is he. We are told many times in the new testament, to put on the mind of Christ. Romans 12:2, tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and Strength.
This passage in collossians helps us understand how to grow spiritually, and really how to keep from stunting our spiritual growth. When we accepted Christ, in symbol we died with Him on the cross and rose with him from the dead. Our old nature, what the apostle Paul calls the “old man” died when we accepted Jesus sacrifice, and understood that He paid the penalty for our sins. Just like our “old man” died, our “new man” now lives with him in reserrection. Meaning we are the personification of the idea expressed in 2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away, and behold all things have become new.
In truth, we at that moment of salvation are regenerate. When our faith connects with God, he changes us. However our old nature, sin nature, carnal nature is at war with that spiritual reserrection and we have to remind ourselves daily that old man is dead. How? will we struggle with this forever, boredering on a defeated life foreaver? Not knowing if we are going to make it spiritually. No. Not if we do what this passage says. “Set your minds, and keep them set on what is above. Meaning godly thoughts, a mind that is transformed and progressively changed as a result of thinking on the word of God, and on Gods plan and purpose for them. We know that we think on things we allow into our lives. So what is on your mind today? Worry? Stress? Sin? trouble? Gossip? Failure? Past?
It says, “Set.” Which means establish, found, consistant. It implies don’t let anything take your thought life off course? So two things. 1. Take the time to meditate, think on Biblical, godly, and purposeful things. 2. Don’t listen to, follow after, fill your mind with other things. No fear, just faith. No gossip, just truth. No worry, just peace. No Sin, just righteousness. No failure, just hope.
What’s on your mind?