“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
The mind is a precious gift. The mind enables perception, thinking, judgment and emotion. The mind is one of the most important tools that God has given us. Although it is one of the most important tools, it is often one of the most under-appreciated and under-protected. We need to understand the power of the mind and we need to work to protect its influence over our lives.
Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians that as Christians, we need to set our minds on the things that are above and not on earthly things. Our minds should be filled with God’s Word and His Glory. Our minds should be focused on God’s Mission and the hope in the gospel of Christ. So as we enter into the summer months, let us take inventory of our minds. What do we spend the most time thinking about? What do we spend the most time savoring? What activities are influencing our minds? Are we setting our minds on the things above or on earthly things?
A former pastor of mine uses this saying often: “A change of pace plus a change of place equals a change in perspective.” As our pace changes this summer, use this season to realign your mind on the things that are above. Summer is a gift from God. It brings refreshment and recreation, but it also allows us to refocus on heavenly things. So let us enjoy our summer and let us use it to protect and appreciate the power of the mind. Set your mind on things above.