READ : Colossians 3:1-11
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (v. 2 NIV)
My life as a seminary student is a busy whirlwind of activity. I must juggle class time, homework, internships, a job, a social life, and time to rest. I am well aware that this busyness will not subside after seminary, but it may change. The activities vying to occupy my time will be shaped by my context, but the busyness will not be alleviated.
In a culture that pressures us to stay busy, it can be hard to set aside time for our brains to be engaged in anything other than our demanding schedules. However, as Paul says in Colossians 3, we ought to put our minds on “things above, not on earthly things.” In the past, I have tried to dismiss this verse by telling myself that people were surely not as busy in Paul’s time as in ours, so they wouldn’t understand my life.
But it is precisely because we are so busy and focused on our day-to-day lives that we must consistently reorient ourselves to be mindful of things above. Verse 1 gives the rationale for verse 2: “since you have been raised with Christ.” It is because we have been raised with Christ that we are commanded to put our focus on things above. God is intimately involved with creation, but he is also fundamentally different than all created things. He exists outside of (or above) them. Focusing on things above is the only way to give rightful perspective to earthly things.
God, may we focus on you first. Amen.