Col 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Col 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
I don’t know about you, but it is pretty easy for me to get distracted. I might be trying to read a book as something on the TV in the other room catches my ear. All of a sudden, even though I have made the decision to sit there and read that book, my attention swerves away from what I was planning on doing.
In a way, we can sometimes do that with our Christian faith. As Christians, we have made a decision to follow God, but sometimes we get sidetracked. We might see or hear something that pulls us in a direction that we don’t want to go in.
Paul was addressing this very issue as he wrote his letter to the Colossian church. He was encouraging them to remember that they had become Christians. They had made that life decision, and as a result of that, they needed to set their minds on Jesus. They needed to dedicate their focus and attention to Him. As the chapter continues, they are even told that they needed to put to death whatever earthly desires were still in them.
That is the heavy charge, but it is one that I know is still a problem in the world today. We understand that we have decided to follow Jesus, but we don’t always follow through in the way that we intellectually know that we should. That is a conflict, and that is why anything earthly needs to be put to death. If it is dead, it can never exist again to make us lose our focus.
As we grow in our relationship with God, I have no doubt that this becomes easier. However, it is still a battle we need to fight. We need to continually focus on Jesus because as Christians, He really does need to be in the center of our lives. That is what He deserves.
Zak Schmoll is a Christian blogger who writes about a chapter of the Bible every day at A Chapter Per Day (http://achapterperday.wordpress.com/). He is also an author at the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Follow him on Twitter at @AChapterPerDay (https://twitter.com/AChapterPerDay).