Colossians 3:1-22, “1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”
If you listened to prosperity gospel preachers, you will notice that most of their preaching texts are off the old testament and very selected in the new testament, most of which are taken out of context to support their message. Most of the prosperity gospel is about temporal needs that attracts great crowds. Rarely would you hear them talk about heavenly living (holiness, righteousness, long suffering, humility, submission, picking up your cross and following Christ etc.) things which makes us more Christ like.
I tend to visualize how Paul’s lifestyle would be today if he was here with us and what he would teach, and I find it radically different because Paul was more concerned about God’s glory than pleasing men. He therefore preached the whole truth and how to live it. We read in Colossians the truth every believer should pursue. He begins by saying, “If then you were raised with Christ…” this is a clear indication that no one can become a Christian unless once dead and Christ made him alive through repentance and faith. Therefore, a believer has a new life with a new nature and new desires. The drives he had before being made alive in Christ are dead with the old man. He is dead to the world and alive in Christ, for in vs. 3, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” and such a person has but one desire, “Lord live your own life through me, and be thou glorified”
And because we have a new nature, Paul gives us two things I want to look at “SEEK” and “SET”. He admonishes us to “Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God”. The things below are corrupt, perishable; they are temporal, while things above are eternal. “SEEK” is to pursue or discover by searching or asking questions. Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. We should “seek His kingdom first and His righteousness…” Matthew 6:33. The seeking is all about advancing the kingdom of God. Seeking spiritual values (the fruit of the spirit). Paul declared that all the richness of truth necessary for salvation, sanctification, and glorification are found only in Jesus Christ, who Himself is God revealed. Jesus said my kingdom is not of this world same as us. And because we are citizens of heaven, another country, we seek to know the truth of where He belongs. The position of honor and majesty that Christ enjoys as the exalted Son of God, that exaltation makes Him the fountain of blessings for His people.
Those who are seeking things above will discover that these flows from that relationship, the desire to please the one who sits on the throne. Vs. 12-17, “12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”
You and I can only live these because we are constantly drawing from the kingdom what we have no ability to produce in our own strength. What you seek and find, you are encouraged to, vs. 2, “ Set your mind on things above …,” it is like driving on a highway, you SEEK for a certain speed required by the law and then you SET your cruise control. Sometimes the car may increase speed downhill or loose speed uphill. Your job as the driver is to keep seeking and setting the speed. We seek to know the will of God, we set to live according to His will. If we find we are falling outside of it having been given guidelines, we ask the Lord for grace and strength to stay on track.
What are you seeking today? What is your driving factor? Are you seeking those things, which are above where Christ is seated and what you have received you set your mind on it and live it? Blessings Ev