I didn’t plan it this way, but I couldn’t help but smile when I realized that my writing today is linked to the resurrection. Colossians 3:1 begins with a conditional statement “If you have been raised…” then it follows with the implication of this condition “seek what is above where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.”
I hear Paul saying “you profess to be born again, resurrected from the dead with Christ. If you indeed have new life in Him, then seek things that are of eternal value. Your new nature has a different focus and sees life in a new way, with an eternal perspective.
In verses 2-4, he reiterates what it means to have Christ-focused priorities. I see so much of myself and my sins in this letter. It is as though the apostle Paul has given me a mirror that shines right into my soul and shows me where I continue to live according to this earthly nature. Very often I can’t think past my next problem, or next need and it either causes me to have tunnel vision or become disparaged, even if for a while.
My mind can easily run 100 miles an hour thinking about what must be done or should have been done yesterday. So to me, Paul is saying the same thing Christ has said, “Stop your preoccupation with earthly matters and seek God’s kingdom.”
Earlier at church our pastor noted that no need we have or reason to fear is greater than that of a dead Jesus…and since we have a risen Savior, we have no need to fret. Our struggles are different but the call is the same “set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.” Colossians 3:2.
The promise is that at just the right time, our lives hidden in Christ and the riches above, will also be revealed in glory. This Easter let us focus our minds on the beauty of the gospel and the victory that Christ accomplished over sin and death once for all. To the glory of the Father!