“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1
Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1-4
Easter isn’t just a historical event in the life of Jesus; Easter is a personal event in the life of every believer. Faith unites us to Christ so intimately that in some sense we died with Him and were raised with Him. We died to the world and its values and were raised by the power of the risen Son of God to a new life.
“If then you have been raised with Christ,” Paul writes, “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” “Earth” here is the realm of sin, and to seek earthly things is to live as though this earth were all that mattered and so to entertain idolatry. To seek the things above is to seek Christ Who is at the right hand of God, occupying the highest position in the universe. Through His resurrection, Jesus has launched a new creation in which the powers of sin and death are decisively defeated. He reigns, not from an urn or coffin, but from a throne.
Do you sometimes think about things you shouldn’t? Here’s Paul’s pastoral counsel: set your mind on things above, where Christ is. If this is what you’re doing, you can’t be setting your mind on other things. You can concentrate on only one thing at a time. To seek the things above is to be oriented toward Christ, to make it your goal to please Christ.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that God would enable you to live beyond the horizon of the earth and to fix your thoughts on Christ who reigns over all.
Dr. Bill DeJong is the lead pastor of Blessings Christian church in Hamilton, ON and adjunct professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University in Ancaster, ON. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.