Getting a Kingdom Perspective

Colossians 3:1-2 1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Getting a Kingdom Perspective

Getting a kingdom perspective involves both the heart and mind.  The heart, the desires, the rhythm of our life should be on things above.  These are the things of God, the eternal things, the kingdom things. Just as our hearts ought to be on things above, so must our minds.  It is our thinking that sets our steps in place.  It is our minds that point our thoughts and attention in any given direction.  So too must our minds be on the things of God.

But there is one little three-letter word here that occurs twice in this passage.  That word is a verb, indicating the use of action on someone’s part… that someone being me, that someone being you.  The little word is “set.”  We must intentionally set our hearts on Christ; we must intentionally set our minds on Christ.

To illustrate this further, let’s imagine we are getting in our car unsure of the directions to where we are going.  Now let’s say you have a GPS.  When you get in the car and decide to use the GPS, it can help you find where to go.  But just turning it on won’t help you any.  You must set it; you must point it to the coordinates for it to function the way it is intended.   In the same way, the coordinate (or address) of our hearts and minds need to be set on Christ.   If we do so, they will become the GPS of our life that will lead us to a kingdom perspective that focuses on the things above rather than the things below!

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