If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col 3:1-3).
Desire is like a treasure indicator. Wherever your treasure is, that is where your desire or affection will be, heaven or earth (Mat 6:21).
In Col 3:3, we are told that, “Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” But many a time, we know that our desires and thoughts do not resemble that of a “dead man.” The dead don’t desire what the living desire. The dead don’t think about expensive cars, fancy mansions, get angry when you hit them, or worry about what to eat, drink, or live like we do.
How can I, as a believer, control my desires and thoughts so that I can seek the things which are above as if I am truly dead with Christ?
The dead don’t desire what the living desire.
- Water Baptism: This is a physical way to publicly declare and identify with the risen Christ. Being totally immersed is a form of his death and burial and when we rise is an identification that we rose with him.
- Spirit Baptism: Immediately Jesus was baptized in water, he was baptized in the spirit also. he was then led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Spirit baptism is “the promise of the Father.” we must wait for it and receive it to complete our identification with Christ.
Seeking things above, where Christ is sited on the right hand of God is a practical way to keep your mind on heaven. It makes a believer to honor God in everything. It makes us to see God in people, relationship, family, job, even money. Just as nothing matters to the dead, nothing matters to us because we know that “we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.”
Meditating on the word of God keeps us in this mindset always. Let us not ignore it.
Dear Lord, I give you thanks from the depth of my heart for waking me up this morning.
Thank you for giving me another day to serve you.
I pray today that you will help me in my desire in seeking things above.
help me to set my mind on heavenly things so I can walk in your ways.
Help me to seek your will and not mine as I set out today
Give me the strength and wisdom to navigate the challenges and situations in my way today and always.
Lord, give me power to control my thoughts and desires
Help me to be conscious that I am sited with Christ in heavenly places.
Dear God, Let seeking things above be my priority today.
Help me to love other people with the love of Christ.
Help me to show your love to people around me.
Put the love of others in my heart so I can love them the way you love me.
In the name of Jesus I pray and believe.