Seek things that are above

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of the Father.” (Col. 3:1-2).  Far too often, we seek the things of the world.  Money, fame, status, and things like that are attractive and alluring, but have no real value. Instead of that, we need to concentrate on things above.  If we have been raised in Christ, we should begin by putting off our sinful nature (Col. 2:11, “…in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.”).  We cannot claim to be a child of God if we do not seek that which is from Him.  We know, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (Jam. 1:17), so whatever we seek from above must be pure and perfect.

Let’s look at scripture to see what we should be seeking.  In Gal. 5:22-23, we read, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, <and> self-control…”. Those things set us apart from the world, not that people of the “world” cannot possess those things, but how it is portrayed is different for a Christian.  Our love, joy, kindness, goodness, etc., are not inward-directed but instead directed to those around us.  We revel in how well we treat others, and our happiness stems partly from their happiness.  Worldly people, by contrast, seek those things for themselves only.  In their quest for self-satisfaction, other people do not matter.  Looking upward for the good things that come from God will instill in us not only the things of Gal.5:22-23 but also humility, loyalty, trustworthiness, and empathy.  We do not seek the things of the world like money, fame, status, and recognition, and we don’t store our treasures in a bank here on earth.

You see, our treasures are not money, diamonds, or gold, but rather attitude and character, and those are stored elsewhere.  Matt. 6:19-20 tells us the following, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal….” Where you store your treasures is a sure indication of where your heart and eyes are concentrated on.  Good traits lead to good things.  Seeking those things improves us in ways that cannot begin to be described.  It allows us to focus on what matters instead of getting caught up in the petty, fleeting things of the world.  Friendships will flourish, and we will positively impact those we encounter.  We will make better children to our parents, better parents to our children, better family members, and better friends.  We will have integrity and be trustworthy, and we will be admired for our resoluteness and our loyalty.  We will be examples of the joy of being a child of God, and people will see Christianity shine before us.

But most of all, when we seek the things above, we will act in ways that glorify our Father in heaven and draw others to the same light we are basking in…John 8:12I am the light of the world.  Whoever walks with Me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

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