Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth (Colossians 3:1-2 NLT).
Beloved, a few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a young lady about the fact that many of us still need to go through the process of renewing our minds and that if given the opportunity, all year round, I would preach from Romans 12:2 which is the text that says… 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. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2 NLT).
The reason I said this is because though we are familiar with this text, and we know that renewing the way we think is necessary, we still allow our minds and the way we think defeat us. The thing is that everybody thinks but thinking right takes a lot of thinking and rethinking about what we are thinking to make sure they are aligned with the word of God. I have found that much of our thinking is distorted and unfortunately… as he thinks in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). If your thoughts are negative it would be had for you to succeed and the difference with you and the next person is the way you think.
Beloved, our feature text says we should set our minds on the things of heaven and I like how the Message translation says… if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.
After you have been saved, the first thing you should handle to enable you live the new life is your mind because you are no longer to think like the people of this world think. According to my Bible notes “Paul knows the people in Colossae are facing many religious and philosophical options, none of which are neutral. Notice Paul doesn’t say, “Just add Jesus to what you already believe,” or, “Factor Jesus into your philosophy,” or, “Include Jesus in this or that ritual.” The claim that “Jesus is Lord” does not allow that. If Jesus is Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all creation, then all other teachings must give way. All people must bow before Him and only Him”.
Beloved, this is a call to set your mind to see things from Jesus’ perspective and not that of this world. It is a call to renew your mind so you can start living a victorious life.