FRIDAY, APRIL 17
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Colossians 3:1-2 (ESV)
RAISED WITH CHRIST
A man was walking along the street one night and came across one of the neighborhood children inching along on his hands and knees down on the sidewalk beneath a streetlight. The man asks the boy, “What’s wrong, Jimmy? Did you lose something?” “Mmf, mmf, yes,” whimpers Jimmy. “I dropped the dollar Mama gave me for ice cream.”
Feeling sorry for the boy, the man got down on his hands and knees, too, and started looking. After a few minutes, he says, “I’m sorry, Jimmy, but I don’t see your dollar anywhere. Are you sure this is where you lost it?” “No,” the boy says. “I dropped it over there by the vacant lot.” “What?!” the man exclaims. “If you dropped it way over there, why are you looking for it here?” Jimmy looks at him, then points. “It’s dark over there! I can see a lot better here.”
Jimmy was never going to find his dollar if he kept looking in the wrong place, no matter how long or hard he looked or how sincerely he expected to find it there. In Colossians 3 Paul teaches the Colossian church they are never going to find the peace, hope and joy that was theirs by right if they kept looking for it in the wrong places. He used the analogy of a Christian being raised to new life like Jesus was raised from the dead. And if that’s the case we can’t expect to find true fulfillment with worldly pursuits.
Author Warren Weirsbe writes, “Too many Christians are “’tweeners”: they live between Egypt and Canaan, saved but never satisfied; they live between Good Friday and Easter, believing in the Cross but not entering into the power and glory of the Resurrection. It is clear, then, that the believer cannot deliberately be content in sin since he has a new relationship to sin because of his identification with Christ. The believer has died to the old life; he has been raised to enjoy a new life. The true believer does not want to go back into sin any more than Lazarus wanted to go back into the tomb dressed again in his grave clothes!” (Weirsbe, Be Right: Romans)
What do you think it means in Colossians 3:1 when we are challenged to seek things above and to set our minds on things above? Write down a few of the things you think it means. Now take some time and read all of chapter 3 in Colossians. What are some of the ways Colossians 3 suggest we seek things above?