Set Your Minds on Things Above
Date: September 21, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse (NIV): "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." - Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
L - Listen for God's Word and Pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to set my mind on things above, just as your Word instructs. In the midst of life's distractions and worldly pressures, may I fix my thoughts on You, Your kingdom, and Your will. Grant me the wisdom and strength to prioritize heavenly matters over earthly concerns. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
E - Explore the History and Meaning:
Author and Context: The book of Colossians is one of Paul's letters to the early Christian church. In this verse, Paul encourages believers to focus their thoughts and desires on heavenly, spiritual matters rather than getting entangled in worldly concerns. This verse reminds us of the importance of maintaining a heavenly perspective in our daily lives. It encourages us to prioritize spiritual growth, godly virtues, and seeking God's will above material pursuits and worldly distractions. By setting our minds on things above, we align ourselves with God's purposes and experience a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"Set your minds": This phrase emphasizes the intentional act of directing our thoughts and focus.
"Things above": Refers to heavenly or spiritual matters.
"Not on earthly things": Highlights the contrast between heavenly and worldly concerns.
In this verse, "setting our minds" implies a deliberate choice to center our thoughts and affections on spiritual values and God's kingdom rather than becoming overly preoccupied with materialism or worldly pursuits.
S - Summarize and Share:
In today's fast-paced society, it's easy to get tangled up in the hustle and bustle of all the things we need to do. We're bombarded with messages about success, wealth, and status. We're pulled in so many directions, it almost makes you dizzy. But right here, in this verse, there's a gentle but profound truth: "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
For me, this means consciously choosing to lift my gaze from the mundane and day-to-day concerns that often occupy my mind. It's about redirecting my thoughts toward the eternal and spiritual realities. When I do this, when I intentionally fix my mind on God, His kingdom, and His purposes, I find a sense of peace and clarity that's hard to put into words.
Let me be candid; it's not always easy. The world's distractions can be so enticing, and sometimes I'm tempted to prioritize worldly achievements over spiritual growth. But when I take a step back and remember this verse, it's like a deep breath of fresh air. It reminds me of what truly matters.
So, my encouragement to you, is to embrace this verse as I have. When you face the rush and clamor of daily life, pause for a moment, and set your mind on things above. Seek God's guidance and wisdom. Make space for prayer, reflection, and meditation on His Word. You'll discover a profound sense of purpose and peace that transcends the fleeting concerns of this world.
Let's take this journey together, striving to live out Colossians 3:2 each day. As we do, we'll find ourselves more aligned with God's will, more at peace with our circumstances, and more equipped to make a positive impact in our world.
Bible cross-references for Colossians 3:2:
Matthew 6:33 (NIV): "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Philippians 4:8 (NIV): "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Romans 12:2 (NIV): "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
James 4:8 (NIV): "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."