Keep seeking the things above

Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. —Col 3.1

When we obey the Good News, God places us together with Christ. In immersion, we are raised with Christ and he gives us life. In the verse above, Paul wants us to live up to the life which we’ve been given. This level is where Christ is, the level of God.

How do we seek the things above? The two chapters that follow develop the answer to this question. It requires a vigorous mind control, an unrestricted killing of all that belongs to the earthly nature. It is necessary to clothe oneself with Christ’s qualities, love above all.

Seeking things above means letting oneself be molded, in the midst of the congregation of the saints, by the word of Christ, and fulfilling one’s role in the world in a way that pleases the Lord. It is taking advantage of opportunities to influence those outside of Christ.

Paul’s point in verse 1 is that this new life must be “sedulously cultivated” (G.C. Morgan, Exposition of the Whole Bible). It is not an automatic life nor one that we assume passively. This seeking means to “devote serious effort to realize one’s desire or objective” (BGAD).

Christ is seated at the right hand of God, because he fulfilled his role in the world, to give salvation to humanity. Now it falls to his followers to fulfill their task of letting their light shine in the world. Instead of looking at the difficulties or the pleasures of this world, our focus and effort must always concentrate upon the glories of Christ.

Translated from, our Portuguese-language devotional site.

J. Randal Matheny

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