“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. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4
I recall one day in grade school being asked what I wanted to be in life. I responded that I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy or a pastor. My best friend responded that he wanted to be rich, and once he made the statement, the whole class was beguiled by group think. Everyone began to respond in the same way that they wanted to be rich as well. The allure of riches seemed to outweigh the more noble jobs that were previously presented. As adults, we often get the same way and pursue our own earthly ambitions over the ones that hold eternal value.
When I was a kid, I looked up to professional athletes and desired to be like them. When in the shower, I would pretend to interview them, and I would even record myself interviewing make-believe stars with my cassette recorder. I thought that they had the greatest jobs ever and were always surrounded by people clamoring for their attention. I was drawn in by the fast cars, fancy clothes, and the cheers of the fans. I would go outside everyday and try to emulate the people I heard on the radio. I would pretend to act out particular plays on my basketball court, and I played in front of thousands of fans in my mind. I wanted more than anything to be on the Phoenix Suns team, and the sports page often took precedence over my Bible reading. I practiced all the time, but I soon hit a ceiling on my skill level, and my less-than-necessary height halted my ambition. I began to figure out that the Suns would not be calling, and that I had better find a new ambition as this was not going to turn out for me.
I think of my adult life, and I am convicted by these verses. I have wasted precious time and energy pursuing things that were ungodly and things that hold no real value. I have been duped into the lies of the Devil, and I have digested his worm of lies. I am thankful for a God who continues to call, even though at times the calling seems like a whisper because I have drifted so far away. Earthly pursuits yield no eternal fruit, and I am now starting to see the laser focus needed to pursue godly things.
What does it mean to pursue things above? What does it mean to be hid with Christ in God? It means we wake up daily and die to our flesh. We open our eyes and thank God for the new day, and we ask Him for the help to die to ourself and live unto Him. We open His Word and spend time with Him before we set foot out the door. We live in a state of constant prayer and thank Him for all that He has done. We seek after His will, and we put our fleshly desires to death. We thirst after God and we look to the big eternal picture instead of the temporary pleasures that lie in front of us. We look to the day when we will appear with Him in glory, and at that time, we will fully understand the meaning of life.
Where are you today friend? What or whom do you find yourself pursuing? Do you seek the things above or are you chasing the things here on earth? Are you seeing only what is in front of you, or can you see Him in the distance waiting for you? May God be our focus, and may we pursue after Him with all of our ambition. Charles Thomas Studd stated, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Stay in the fight!