Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:1-3, NASB)
Wednesday night I used this passage as a basis for exhorting the flock to remember to view themselves, each and every day, as people who have undergone a radical change in their lives. We have died with Christ; our life is hidden with Christ in God; we have been raised up with Christ. These are radical, transforming truths that should define us every day. How we think, act, plan, respond, should all be based upon the deep-seated realization that we have died and been raised with Christ. And Paul uses these high doctrines as a basis for a very practical, very “every day/every man” exhortation, “set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth.” Isn’t the balance and perfection of the Word wonderful? And isn’t it so utterly sad that many today have wrapped the Word in such a mass of philosophical mumbo-jumbo that they have convinced themselves no one can really understand what Paul meant in such passages?