Today’s verse calls us to be heavenly minded. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2).
This verse is not talking about neglecting the practical things of earthly life but about the direction our minds go. The words, “things that are on earth” (v2) are repeated in Greek in verse 5, “Put to death what is earthly in you.” That is, put to death sinful things.
We all have practical things to do in life: we work, we have families, we have homes, we have to eat and shop and clean and care for others. But what about when we are not thinking about work or family? Where do our minds go? Do they go “up” to Jesus? Or do they go “down” to sin, to earthly things including pride and ambition for your own gain and glory, seeking satisfaction, security and peace from things and not from Him.
Instead, we are called to train our minds (Set your minds) so that we use our thinking time to think about Jesus, to think about eternity and glory. Thinking like this changes our perspective on life. Thinking about Him shows us what is really valuable and important. Thinking about Him gives joy and helps to worship. Thinking about Him helps us to find our pleasure in God and not our pleasure in sin.
Earthly thinking fuels earthly desires. Heavenly thinking stirs godly desires. Let’s set our minds on Him today.