Our scripture today is Colossians 3:1-4.
If then you have been raised with Christ, 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. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Paul writes that our lives have been changed by Christ’s teaching and presence. We must not be drawn to the temporary things of earth, but instead focus our hearts and minds on what He has promised. God wants our full obedience and our full attention.
As humans, our thoughts often wander to places and things not even remotely connected to what we are doing. This ability to imagine is a gift from God that allows us to discover new things and new ways of doing them. However, selfish imaginings can lead us astray.
Paul reminds us to “seek things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (v. 1), so that our energy is used wisely, for the good of the kingdom. We have been given a wonderful intelligence to share with others, according to God’s plan. Then when Jesus returns we may “appear with Him in glory”, (v. 4) having been good stewards of our intellectual gifts.
Loving Lord, You gave us minds that we might seek solutions to the problems we face. Help us to see that all wisdom comes from You and to use it for the good of all Your children. Amen.