Seeking Life Above

Colossians 3: 1

Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

I am reading Colossians 3 this week. I was initially surprised at the large amount of highlighting in this chapter. Then again, when you begin the chapter like this, it really shouldn’t be a surprise.

The clear message from this passage is that our thoughts should be with Christ where he is seated. We should be seeking those things above. I confess that in the midst of this election cycle, I have allowed my thoughts to hover on the things below, rather than the things above. At the end of the day, though, it is those things above which control the things below.  So let’s refocus our attention upon Christ and his kingdom.

We have been raised up with Christ and are seated in the high places with him. Sure, we are still connected to the things of the earth, but we are citizens of that kingdom where Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. As such, we are impacted by the thoughts from above. So, in our own self interest we should seek the things above. You will find you experience less stress when you focus your attention on the things above. Your heart will reside in peace as you meditate with Christ in his realm. Let his thoughts be your thoughts. Let him be your companion and guide. Take a break from the earth and all its woes and hang out with Jesus.

Seeking and Finding

Colossians 3: 1

If you then have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
I love the “seeking” scriptures because they remind me of the principle task which God has assigned me. I am reminded that my job is to seek Him and it is his job to take care of everything else. That is good news to me. Jesus promised us that if we seek, we will find (Matthew 7: 7). He also told us to seek those things above and God would add all the other things we need. We focus our eyes on Him and he takes care of our earthly worries. This pattern relieves us of worry and draws us closer to Him at the same time. That is a pretty good deal.