Colossians 3:1-4

Colossians 3:1-4

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4

The above is Paul’s powerful opening paragraph to chapter 3 of Colossians. Of course Paul did not break his letter to the church in Colossae into chapters or verses, but he clearly had separate sections and thoughts. Our verses today are just past the halfway point – counting verses, 52-55 of 94 – but like verses 1:15-20 are poetic

as shown in the video on the book of Colossians.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
16 For in Him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers
or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things,
and in Him all things hold together.
18 And He is the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning
and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything He might have the supremacy.
19 For God was pleased to have all
His fullness dwell in him,
20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:15-20

Thus we might arrange our verses today in the form of a poem.

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died,
and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4

Why do this when Paul did not? To show how closely tied together these verses are as those in chapter 1 are.

Verse 3 in our verses today begins by saying For you died and you did die to this world when you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. Your baptism was symbolic of your death and resurrection as a new person in Christ. Since we have been raised with Christ we should clearly be setting our hearts on things above as well as setting our minds on things above because that is where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

So, are we living as that new person resurrected into a new life with Jesus as our Lord and Savior? Are we? We have this new life, what are we doing with it? One way to live it as we should is to follow Paul’s directive here: set our hearts on things above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Easy to write, but not so easy in the world with so many things pulling and tugging on us to do something else, anything else. But that is why Paul has given us such clear cut instructions. Set our hearts on things above, Set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (all those things pulling and tugging us in other directions).

It’s Monday, where is your heart focused on today – this week and where is your mind focused on as well.