To an extent, earthly possessions are good...


“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” said Apostle Paul to the Colossians (3:2). This verse is one of the very many that we easily memorize because of Sunday school jingles or some other memory tactic, but what does it mean to us as modern-day Christians? Are we to set aside all earthly things that we possess to please God? Are we bound, because of our faith, to become hermits? We, as a Body of Christ, should take full advantage of the beautiful creation that God has given us to flourish in, but it should not be any more than that. Everyday things that we use to live should stay as “things,” and nothing more.
As adolescents, we are prone to set our happiness on temporary things, such as significant others, social networking sites, reading, eating, sleeping, and listening to music; the list goes on. As long as our happiness is based on temporary things, our happiness is only temporary. We wish that the things in our lives give us never-ending happiness, but they aren’t able to provide that happiness for us because earthly things are made by man; therefore, the things in our lives are flawed.
What is left to trust in if everything is bound to eventually fail us? If everything is UN-perfect, it would make the most sense to keep trust in the One person that is perfect. He came to this earth and went through the trials that we often face in life except He didn’t sin.
Instead of looking around us and depending on the things on earth and praying that it follows through for our benefits, we ought to look above to God and trust in Him with our treasures set above where Christ keeps our place in Heaven with Him. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus Christ proclaimed to “not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
 When having trust in Christ, no person can take that away. When we fully believe that God sent His only son to die on the cross, where he rose again three days later, nothing can affect our passion for the love that is shown for us. God’s Word will not fade away. We ought to keep our hearts focused on God and what He wants for us in our lives, rather than allowing the things of this earth to steer us off our paths. Allow God to be the center of your life, “and he will keep your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6). J

God bless!

**Seen on The Flock on September 18th, 2012.

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  1. The word "set" stood out to me today. What does it mean to "set" my mind?

    I usually set my mind to a task with a specific goal in mind. Sometimes, it's an enjoyable task, other times, not so much.

    Setting my mind isn't something that comes naturally. It's a choice. My mind does not naturally wander to Calculus, but I choose to set my mind on it (when I need to). In the same way, my mind does not naturally wander toward God unless I am making a conscious effort to set my mind on Him. Looking down is easy; looking up is a choice.

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    1. It isn't natural that we would set our cares on Christ since the Fall. It comes with trust like if we were to set anything on anybody on Earth. I believe that setting our minds on things above is an act that must be practiced in order to make it something that is a habit which, of course, takes time.

      A topic that I have encountered in multiple books that I have read (Crazy Love by Francis Chan and The Last Enemy by Michael Wittmer) is about keeping our eyes on Heaven for a sort of perspective on life, showing us how little our life is and showing us that our trials mean nothing in comparison to eternity with our Heavenly Father.

      My study Bible explains it by saying, "But to set your mind on something means to make it your heart's central focus." Rather than keeping our focus on the things of this world that don't last, we ought to focus on Christ in Heaven that will last for eternity.

      I agree with you that looking up is a choice--a choice that we're all given to make whether we do or not. The specific goal that you refer to, in this case, ought to be the fact that your life changes forever once you choose to follow Christ. Although there is pain, failure, and disappointment, there is peace in knowing that God is in control and keeps us safe through all circumstances that we face.

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