“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4.
“If then you were raised with Christ…” Who is the person that has been raised with Christ? It’s the person who has believed on the name of Jesus Christ; it’s the person who has confessed the Lord Jesus Christ and believed that God has raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). Now Paul told the Colossian church that if they were raised with Christ (which they were), they should seek those things above.
Seeking those things above doesn’t mean starring at the skies, it means keeping your focus, your attention, on the things of God. The things of the world’s system are transient; they will pass away, but the things above (the things of God’s kingdom) are eternal. The above-minded mentality is one we should have as Believers in Christ. When you are born of God by believing in Jesus Christ, your ways should be higher than the ways of the natural man. By feeding on His word, you will begin to align your mind to how God thinks. That is how you’ll set your mind on the things above.
“”For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-11.
God’s thoughts and ways are higher than those of the natural man; but the righteous man- who is born of God through Christ Jesus- has a potential to know God’s ways and his thoughts. I linked Isaiah 55, verses 8 and 9 to verses 10 and 11, and it occurred to me that God is basically telling us that His word will go out and continue to go until our ways and thoughts have become His. It is with a continuous looking into and gazing at God’s word that we are “…transformed into the same image from glory to glory…” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
So do you understand? The way we are to set our minds on the things above is to consistently gaze into what James, the brother of Jesus, calls the perfect law of liberty (that is God’s word) until our ways become His ways and our thought, His thoughts. When we are transformed this way, we will think how God thinks and consequently act how He acts.
God hasn’t called us to be politically correct; He has called us to be like Him in Christ Jesus because you are raised with Christ. For the natural man who hasn’t received Jesus, I urge you to do so. It’s for your own good. Freedom from death isn’t something to ignore as unimportant. Don’t rise up on the Day of Judgment only to find out too late that by simply accepting the unconditional sacrifice of Jesus Christ, you could have been spared the hassles of the 2nd death (everlasting separation from God).
So if then you have been raised with Christ, seek those things which are above. Seek to know His ways and thoughts; renew your mind with God’s Word frequently because your life is hidden with Christ in God. Make it vital.