WFW: Heavenly Minded
Col 3: 2-3 "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."What does it mean to "Set our minds on things above"? I believe that Luke 19 has a great example:
1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house."Zacchaeus had set his mind on one fact: He would see Jesus. But he had some setbacks. His biggest problem was that he was short. He may have tried to get someone to hold him up, but he was a hated tax-collector. Those two things were against him. Zacchaeus could have given up and thought, "Well, I guess I'm not going to see Jesus today. Nobody likes me... I'll just go home." But he didn't give up; he had his mind made up that He would see Jesus, so he climbed the tree. In the end, He saw Jesus, Jesus spoke to him, and Zacchaeus got to eat with Jesus in his own home! Zacchaeus had set his mind on Jesus, and he didn't let anything stop him -- He had his mind made up that this is what he was going to do and he pushed past all the setbacks. I believe that this is the message of Colossians, and I think this is what Paul was trying to say in 1 Corinthians 9:
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.Zaccheaus had his mind set on Jesus, and Paul had his mind set on running the race and finishing well. What a challenge this presents to us today; do we set our minds on Christ? Do we keep going no matter what comes at us to try to stop us, or do we give up in defeat? What do you set your mind on?