Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2
We live in a world that is constantly promoting a “You’ve just got to have it” mentality. Just look at the advertisements, commercials, slogans and entertainment. Everything is about obtaining, achieving, needing or satisfying your fleshly desires. You need this…you can’t live without that…everyone has one…look how it will improve you…just go for it…if it makes you happy…and on and on it goes.
This morning while having my devotions, I read Colossians 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” I was immediately reminded of a message from January 4, 2015, “Keeping A Faithful Focus in 2015”. So what did Paul mean when he wrote “set your affections on things above”? Well, I like the way Adam Clarke’s Commentary puts it:
Love heavenly things; study them; let your hearts be entirely engrossed by them. Now, that ye are converted to God, act in reference to heavenly things as ye did formerly in reference to those of earth…Be as much, in earnest for heavenly and eternal things, as ye formerly were for those that are earthly and perishing.
As I stated at the beginning, the world is vying for our attention, to allure us away from the things that are holy, pure and morally right. The enemy wants us to focus on earthly things, to allow the things of this life to distract us from what Christ has called us to, holy living. Paul writes for us to “Set our affections on things above…” to achieve this, we must whole heartedly follow Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and might.” When we do this, there is no room, no sight for anything else. I can’t help but think of the chorus…
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
May we all keep a proper focus by focusing on Jesus!