“Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”
Today I woke up with this verse in my spirit. The key word in this verse is the word “think”. In our generation, its difficult to find thinking Christians. Many of us live our lives in survival mode and instead of actively engaging the playground of our mind, we are constantly trying to find ways NOT to think. The internet, movies, television and video games are just a few examples of the tools we use to escape life and just not think about anything. Although some recreation is good and needed, too much room in an empty mind will eventually get filled with something.
Paul, the writer of Colossians, is not encouraging escapism here. He is encouraging active thinking. Our minds are a part of us that is commanded in Scripture to be constantly renewed and washed with the Word. (Rom. 12:2) Traces of our past still reside in our mind. Unhealthy sin patterns and emotional responses may be rooted as strongholds. It takes active effort to put on the “mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16) and to think on things above. It just doesn’t happen.
Its through thinking on heaven that we reveal Christ in our lives. When he is revealed, then we are revealed to Him. For those of us in Christ, God doesn’t even recognize your old self. This Scripture says we died and our life is hidden with Christ in God. The only thing that is revealed before God is when he sees Christ living in us. Why should we, as spiritual people, think as people that are mere earthly beings? We must begin to live in heavenly places, the spiritual realm and walk out our lives on earth, as it is in heaven.
Questions for your comments below:
1. What ways do you find it challenging to think on things above?
2. What do you think Paul is referring to when he is referencing things above? What exactly are the things we should think upon?
3. How do you actively engage in thinking? Are there things that you meditate on during the day that you know shouldn’t occupy your mind?
4. What can we do to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ?
I would love to hear your responses below.