Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Colossians 3:1-2 -- On Setting our Affections Wisely

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Colossians 3:1-2

In the previous chapter, it talks about us being "dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world."  So the symbolic message here is one of rebirth.  Sort of a lose yourself to find yourself thing, like in Matthew 16:25.  We're dying to earthly things, and being reborn/resurrected with Christ... to spiritual things.  Setting our affection is an interesting phrase, and I think it just means that we get to pick our priorities.  We get to pick who to love.
Today, let's make this choice... or remake it if necessary in our lives.  The dramatic imagery is there because it is a significant decision in our lives.  We can't be wishy washy about choosing above over below, or letting go of sin and earthly things.  It has to be dead to us.  Which leaves us free to find new life... better life, in spiritual, godly things.  Let's let go of our addiction to immediate gratification, and work on placing our affections on things that are good and that will last eternally. :)

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