Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
In his letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul admonishes us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:2). In today’s verses, he gives us an important step in that process of transformation. Our inherent tendency is to direct our lives on this earth according to what we perceive with our five senses. The fact is, if we have embraced Christ, our attachment to this physical world is no longer the defining element of our existence. Jesus himself is.
The present reality of his love for us and our new life in him must become the primary focus of our attention if we hope to escape the clutches of darkness of this present world. No religious activity can set us free, no matter how transcendent it might be. The realities of heaven become the substance of our lives only when we set our sights on him in whom our life is hidden.
LORD, help me to see with new eyes today. Instead of the troubles of my life in this world, may I focus my vision on you, the author and finisher of my faith, the lover and keeper of my soul. Help me to trust in the realities of your kingdom more than I trust what I can experience with my physical body.
A MAN WITH THE VISION OF GOD IS NOT DEVOTED SIMPLY TO A CAUSE OR A PARTICULAR ISSUE BUT TO GOD HIMSELF. Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)
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