Colossians 3:1-3 - How to Set Your Mind On Things Above.

Colossians 3:1-3 (NIV) Since, then, you have 
been raised with Christ, set your hearts on 
things above, where Christ is seated at the right 
hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, 
not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your 
life is now hidden with Christ in God. 

Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT) Since you have been 
raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on 
the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in 
the place of honor at Gods right hand. 2 
Think about the things of heaven, not the things 
of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your 
real life is hidden with Christ in God.  

Colossians 3:1-3 (MSG) So if you're serious 
about living this new resurrection life with 
Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which 
Christ presides. 2 Don't shuffle along, eyes to the 
ground, absorbed with the things right in front of 
you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on 
around Christ - that's where the action is. See 
things from his perspective. 3 Your old life is 
dead. Your new life, which is your real life - 
even though invisible to spectators - is with 
Christ in God. He is your life.  


   Paul summons the Colossians to a new way 
of thinking that results in a new lifestyle. 
This new way of thinking is grounded in the 
resurrection that began with Christ and Christ's supreme 
power over the physical and spiritual world.  
   Because we have been raised with Christ, 
our spiritual lives anchor us and give our 
everyday lives meaning. Christ gives us hope for the 
future and the power to live for him now. This 
truth provides a different perspective on our 
lives here on earth. By seeking what Christ 
desires, we have the power to break our obsession 
with pleasure and leisure activities. At the same 
time, following Christ means loving and serving 
others in this world just like he did.  
   Do you think this life has little 
relevance to eternal life? That wasn't the case for 
Paul. Paul outlines this new way of thinking in 
these four verses. Then for the next two chapters, 
he talks about many of the ways this applies to 
everyday living " for all the relationships that 
make up each day. [NLT SB 2008]  

   In his letter to the Christians in Rome, 
Paul admonishes us, "Don't copy the behavior and 
customs of this world, but let God transform you 
into a new person by changing the way you think" 
(Romans 12:2). In today's verses, he gives us an 
important step in that process of transformation. Our 
inherent tendency is to direct our lives on this 
earth according to what we perceive with our five 
senses. The fact is, if we have embraced Christ, our 
attachment to this physical world is no longer the 
defining element of our existence. Jesus himself is. 
   The present reality of his love for us 
and our new life in him must become the primary 
focus of our attention if we hope to escape the 
clutches of darkness of this present world. No 
religious activity can set us free, no matter how 
transcendent it might be. The realities of heaven become 
the substance of our lives only when we set our 
sights on him in whom our life is hidden. 
   LORD, help me to see with new eyes today. 
Instead of the troubles of my life in this world, 
may I focus my vision on you, the author and 
finisher of my faith, the lover and keeper of my 
soul. Help me to trust in the realities of your 
kingdom more than I trust what I can experience with 
my physical body. [Praying Through The Bible By 
Fuller re Col. 3:1-3] 


You Have Captured God's Heart
   Just look at the gifts he has given you: 
He has sent his angels to care for you, his 
Holy Spirit to dwell in you, his church to 
encourage you, and his word to guide you. You have 
privileges only a fiance could have. Anytime you 
speak, he listens; make a request and he responds. 
He will never let you be tempted too much or 
stumble too far. Let a tear appear on your cheek, 
and he is there to wipe it. Let a love sonnet 
appear on your lips, and he is there to hear it. As 
much as you want to see him, he wants to see you 
   He is building a house for you. And with 
every swing of the hammer and cut of the saw, 
hes dreaming of the day he carries you over the 
threshold. There are many rooms in my Fathers 
house; I would not tell you this if it were not 
true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 
After I go and prepare a place for you, I will 
come back and take you to be with me so that you 
may be where I am (John 14:2"3). 
   You have been chosen by Christ. You are 
released from your old life in your old house, and he 
has claimed you as his beloved. Then where is 
he? you might ask. Why hasnt he come? 
   There is only one answer. His bride is 
not ready. She is still being prepared. 
   Engaged people are obsessed with 
preparation. The right dress. The right weight. The right 
hair and the right tux. They want everything to 
be right. Why? So their fiance will marry 
them? No. Just the opposite. They want to look 
their best because their fiance is marrying 
   The same is true for us. We want to look 
our best for Christ. We want our hearts to be 
pure and our thoughts to be clean. We want our 
faces to shine with grace and our eyes to sparkle 
with love. We want to be prepared. 
   Why? In hopes that he will love us? No. 
Just the opposite. Because he already does. 
   You are spoken for. You are engaged, set 
apart, called out, a holy bride. Forbidden waters 
hold nothing for you. You have been chosen for 
his castle. Dont settle for one-night stands 
in the arms of a stranger. 
   Be obsessed with your wedding date. Guard 
against forgetfulness. Be intolerant of memory 
lapses. Write yourself notes. Memorize verses. Do 
whatever you need to do to remember. Aim at what 
is in heaven  Think only about the things in 
heaven (Col. 3:1"2). You are engaged to royalty, 
and your Prince is coming to take you home. [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 

Find Your True Home
   The journey home is nice, but the journey 
is not the goal. I prepared part of this 
message on an airplane. As I looked around at fellow 
passengers, I saw content people. Thanks to books, 
pillows, and crossword puzzles, they passed the time 
quite nicely. But suppose this announcement were 
heard: Ladies and gentlemen, this flight is your 
final destination. We will never land. Your home 
is this plane, so enjoy the journey. 
   Passengers would become mutineers. Wed 
take over the cockpit and seek a landing strip. 
We wouldnt settle for such an idea. The 
journey is not the destination. The vessel is not 
the goal. Those who are content with nothing 
more than joy in the journey are settling for too 
little satisfaction. Our hearts tell us there is 
more to this life than this life. We, like E.T., 
lift bent fingers to the sky. We may not know 
where to point, but we know not to call this 
airplane our home. 
   In Gods narrative, life on earth is 
but the beginning: the first letter of the first 
sentence in the first chapter of the great story God 
is writing with your life. 
   Do you feel as if your best years have 
passed you by? Hogwash. You will do your best work 
in heaven. Do you regret wasting seasons of 
life on foolish pursuits? So do I. But we can 
stop our laments. We have an eternity to make up 
for lost time. Are you puzzled by the challenges 
of your days? Then see yourself as an uncut 
jewel and God as a lapidary. He is polishing you 
for your place in his kingdom. Your biggest 
moments lie ahead, on the other side of the grave. 
   So seek those things which are above, 
where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of 
God (Col. 3:1 NKJV). Scripture uses a starchy 
verb here. Zeteo (seek) is to covet 
earnestly, strive after, to inquire, desire, even 
   Seek heaven the way a sailor seeks the 
coast or a pilot seeks the landing strip or a 
missile seeks heat. Head for home the way a pigeon 
wings to the nest or the prodigal strode to his 
papa. Think only about it (3:2 NCV). Keep 
your mind on it (3:2 GWT). Set your sights 
on the realities of heaven (3:1 NLT). 
Pursue the things over which Christ presides 
(3:1 MSG). Obsess yourself with heaven! [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


To Be Like Christ
   Jesus wants you to be happy, but you 
cannot be happy in having your own way and 
following the impulses of your own heart. Our 
notions, our peculiarities, are wholly human and must 
not be humored or indulged. Self is to be 
crucified, not now and then but daily, and the 
physical, mental, and spiritual must be subordinate to 
the will of God. The glory of God, the 
perfection of Christian character, is to be the aim, 
the purpose, of our life. Christ's followers 
must imitate Christ in disposition.... Like 
Christ is the watchword, not like your father or 
your mother, but like Jesus Christ - hid in 
Christ, clothed with Christ's righteousness, imbued 
with the Spirit of Christ. All the peculiarities 
given us as an inheritance or acquired by 
indulgence or through erroneous education must be 
thoroughly overcome, decidedly resisted. Love of esteem 
and pride of opinion, all must be brought to the 
   Jesus is our helper; in Him and through 
Him we must conquer. The grace of Christ is 
waiting your demand upon it. He will give you grace 
and strength as you need it if you ask Him. 
The religion of Christ will bind and restrain 
every unholy passion, will stimulate to energy, to 
self-discipline, and industry, even in the matters of homely, 
everyday life, leading us to learn economy, tact, and 
self-denial, and to endure even privation without a 
murmur. The Spirit of Christ in the heart will be 
revealed in the character, will develop noble 
qualities and powers. "My grace is sufficient" (2 
Corinthians 12:9) says Christ. OHC 29  

The Hidden Life
   The Spirit of God testifies to and 
confirms the simple, but almighty, security of the 
life that is hidden with Christ in God. 
Paul continually brought this out in his New 
Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified 
life were the most uncertain and insecure thing 
we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing 
possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind 
it. The most dangerous and unsure thing is to 
try to live without God. For one who is born 
again, it is easier to live in a right-standing 
relationship with God than it is to go wrong, provided we 
heed Gods warnings and walk in the light 
(1 John 1:7). 
   When we think of being delivered from 
sin, being filled with the Spirit 
(Ephesians 5:18), and walk[ing] in the light, we 
picture the peak of a great mountain. We see it as 
very high and wonderful, but we say, Oh, I 
could never live up there! However, when we do 
get there through Gods grace, we find it is 
not a mountain peak at all, but a plateau with 
plenty of room to live and to grow. You enlarged 
my path under me, so my feet did not slip 
(Psalm 18:36). 
   When you really see Jesus, I defy you to 
doubt Him. If you see Him when He says, Let not 
your heart be troubled  (John 14:27), I 
defy you to worry. It is virtually impossible to 
doubt when He is there. Every time you are in 
personal contact with Jesus, His words are real to 
you. My peace I give to you  (John 
14:27) - a peace which brings an unconstrained 
confidence and covers you completely, from the top of 
your head to the soles of your feet.  your 
life is hidden with Christ in God, and the 
peace of Jesus Christ that cannot be disturbed has 
been imparted to you. [My Utmost for His Highest 
by Oswald Chambers] 

How We Live Obeying God
   Do Paul's words here seem a bit strange? 
How can you die to this life and still be alive? 
How can you put sin to death when it is a 
constant temptation? How can you put on a new nature? 
   Paul uses these word pictures to describe 
a reality that is virtually indescribable. You 
are a new person because of what Christ has done 
and because of the Holy Spirit in you. You put 
the sinful things of your old nature to death by 
walking in obedience. The next time you have the 
chance to lie, kill it! The next time a sexual 
temptation comes your way, resist. This is how you put 
sin to death in your life.  
   But Christianity is not just about what 
you don't do. Paul gives a strategy to help you 
live out your faith each day. Be compassionate, 
kind, humble, gentle, and patient; let the Holy 
Spirit produce these virtues in you. Forgive 
others; after all, the Lord has forgiven you. Let 
the words of Christ dwell in your heart; 
internalizing the truths of the Bible will help you to put 
the sin in your life to death. [The One Year 
Bible for New Believers re Col. 3:1-17] 


Staying Focused
   I get distracted easily. There is just so 
much to think about, so many responsibilities. We 
all have bills to pay, meetings to attend, 
people to deal with, families to care for. No 
wonder we can't keep our minds quiet during our 
prayer time with God. Many times our minds get 
pulled away from where they should be and focused 
on what they shouldn't be, putting us at risk 
of relapsing into old hurts, hang-ups, and 
   It happens to all of us from time to 
time. It's not easy to stay focused on heavenly 
things when the earthly things are making so much 
more noise. The best and maybe the only way to 
stay focused on the right things is to always 
keep Jesus front and center. That means we 
understand that he is with us throughout the day, as 
close as our breath. He's always there to help us 
at a moment's notice, encourage us, instruct 
us, strengthen us, and protect us. 
   God knows who we are. He understands what 
we're made of. That's why he sent his Holy Spirit 
to dwell in us. He doesn't have to come from 
some faraway place to hear us and help us. When 
we focus on his presence within us, everything 
else will fall into place. 
   Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit 
that dwells within me, ready to help me stay 
focused on those things that are most important. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily 
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 

   As a writer, I look at screens. All. The. 
Time. And when I stop looking at the big screen in 
front of me, somehow I end up reaching for the 
cell phone in my purse to look at. It is crazy 
how so much of my day can get sucked up checking 
on friends on Facebook or watching funny 
videos. In this tech age, the pull of the screen is 
always present. I can't seem to stop myself from 
surrendering to its siren song of "I'm so important ... 
don't ever stop looking at me." But I also realize 
that staring at a screen for days on end makes my 
back seize up and my calves hurt. It is a poor 
substitute for engaging with the real world. And it 
distracts me from important things like real people, 
my purpose in this life, and Jesus. 
   It is hard for me to hear what someone is 
saying to me when I am reading a headline or 
listening to a song or answering an e-mail. It is even 
harder to hear Jesus. It takes strength and 
discipline to peel ourselves away from the distractions 
of life. Jesus wants us to focus on Him and the 
things of heaven, not just of this earth. 
   What we focus on here on earth determines 
our destiny. We get to make the conscious choice 
of what we concentrate on. Jesus would like it 
to be Him, so that we can devotedly know Him 
and His life-changing power. So that we can 
understand the depths of forgiveness that He has for us 
and what life in His presence looks like. The 
life He has for us is truly glorious. by Susanna 
Foth Aughtmon 
   Faith Step: Take some screen-free time 
and journal your thoughts as you focus 
completely on Jesus and His goodness. [Mornings With 
Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 

My Mind Told Me
   Our daughter came over with one of our 
grandsons in tow and asked to borrow a pair of 
tweezers. She needed to remove a piece of paper our 
grandson had rolled up and stuck in his ear! When 
asked why he did such a thing, he answered, "My 
mind told me to." Wow! At six years of age his 
mind is already suggesting things that are 
definitely not in his best interest.  
   Frankly, that's why most of us are in 
recovery. We are losing the battle that goes on 
between our ears. We haven't learned to make the 
right choice when our minds are in conflict with 
our hearts. We learn that lesson only by 
listening to God, reading his Word, and filling our 
minds with things that are good, positive, and 
   Of course it's still a battle. It will 
always be a battle! But it's a battle we are sure 
to win if we've trained our minds to know when 
something doesn't line up with God's principles.  
   I can't lie, my mind still tells me to do 
stuff - it's just that now I know when to listen 
and when to just say no.  
   Father, you are always looking out for 
me, always showing me the right way to go. Thank 
you for loving me with such a great and amazing 
love. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery 
Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 


Let Heaven Fill Your Thoughts
   I have read that we only use five percent 
of our brains. Presumably, when we get to 
Heaven we will be able to tap that other 
ninety-five percent, perhaps even more. It will be 
glorious beyond our wildest dreams, and I look 
forward to it. 
   Another great thing I am looking forward 
to in Heaven is not only being reunited with my 
son and with my loved ones, but also to the fact 
that we are going to eat in Heaven. Isnt that 
good to know? 
   We are told in Revelation 19:9, And 
the angel said to me, Write this: Blessed are 
those who are invited to the wedding feast of the 
Lamb. And he added, These are true words that 
come from God (NLT). Not only will we be 
eating together, but we also will be in some pretty 
good company. The Bible tells us that they 
will come from all over the world - from east and 
west - and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and 
Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven 
(Matthew 8:11 NLT). 
   Heaven will be amazing. And that is why 
the Bible tells us that we all should be more 
heavenly minded: Since you have been raised to new 
life with Christ, set your sights on the 
realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of 
honor at Gods right hand. Think about the 
things of heaven, not the things of earth 
(Colossians 3:1"2 NLT). 
   We spend the majority of our time 
thinking about things on Earth, things that we are 
concerned with and stressed about. The Bible isnt 
saying that we shouldnt think about these 
things. Rather, its saying that we shouldnt 
stress about these things. Think more about Heaven. 
When you do, it will put everything else in the 
proper perspective. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

Set Your Sights on Heaven
   Awhile ago someone asked me in an 
interview, Why do you talk about Heaven all the 
time? He said that he noticed in my sermons or 
when Im on the radio or TV that Im always 
talking about Heaven. 
   I thought, Really? Well, good.
   Thats a good thing to always talk 
about. I wasnt aware I was doing it, but Im 
not ashamed or embarrassed by it. Really, 
whats more important than where we will spend our 
eternal destiny? 
   Ive always studied Heaven. Ive 
always been fascinated by it. I wouldnt say that 
Im an expert on it, but I would say that Im 
a student of it. And I became greater student 
of it in 2008 when my son went to Heaven. 
   Colossians 3:1"2 tells us, Since you 
have been raised to new life with Christ, set 
your sights on the realities of heaven, where 
Christ sits in the place of honor at Gods right 
hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the 
things of earth (NLT). 
   We are to set our hearts and minds on 
things above. This is effectively saying, 
Constantly be seeking and thinking about Heaven. 
   Our feet must be on earth, but our minds 
and hearts can be in Heaven. Many of us have 
gone an entire day without a single thought about 
Heaven. That isnt a good thing. We should always 
be thinking about it. 
   Warren Wiersbe, a great Bible 
commentator, said, For the Christian, heaven isnt 
simply a destination; its a motivation. 
   If you believe theres an afterlife and 
a reward waiting for you for your 
faithfulness, wont that motivate you to serve the Lord? 
I hope so. 
   When youre thinking about Heaven and 
seeking Heaven, youll be a heavenly minded person 
in the best sense of the term. When youre 
focused on Heaven, youll live the most fulfilling 
life on earth. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


How can we not think about earthly things? 
   It is impossible not to think of earthly 
things, at least some of the time. We still have to 
take care of day to day obligations and 
activities. But to set your mind on something means to 
"make it your heart's central focus." Paul knew 
that we would have to tend to earthly affairs. 
But earthly things must not be permitted to take 
precedence over the things of God-his word, his 
service, his praise. This must be the basis from 
which we pursue jobs, families and other important 
matters of daily life. [Quest SB] 


Transformation is Gods goal for us, and 
we cooperate with His plan of spiritual 
metamorphosis when we train our minds to dwell on the 
things of God rather than on the things of the 
flesh. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re 
Col. 3:2] 


   Learn to live above your circumstances. 
This requires focused time with Me, the One who 
overcame the world. Trouble and distress are woven 
into the very fabric of this perishing world. 
Only My Life in you can empower you to face this 
endless flow of problems with good cheer. 
   As you sit quietly in My Presence, I 
shine Peace into your troubled mind and heart. 
Little by little, you are freed from earthly 
shackles and lifted up above your circumstances. You 
gain My perspective on your life, enabling you to 
distinguish between what is important and what is not. 
Rest in My Presence, receiving Joy that no one 
can take away from you. (John 16:33; 16:22) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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