Do you have trouble keeping your mind on the things of earth instead of the things of God? Many days I must admit that I do. It is so easy to let the things of this world take the forefront, isn't it? After all, we do live IN this world. We walk it everyday. We are inundated with some type of noise almost non-stop -- whether it be our news, our entertainment, our music, our email -- it is always going. Much of it is good.. but so much isn't.
No wonder it is a struggle to focus on God. I like how Paul follows up his statement of keeping our minds on things above with "... hidden with Christ in God." I think this is probably the key to keeping our mind on things above. If we stay close to God, if we seek him openly, if we edit out what isn't good around us (at least as much as we can control) then we are staying "hidden with Christ". If we are hidden, isn't it much easier to focus on God and keep our minds on Him?
As I was thinking thru this passage of scripture I tried to think of specific areas where myself or people I knew struggled with focusing on the truths of God rather than the truths of this world. Here are a few that came to mind....
* Am I only beautiful if I am tall and slender, or do I know that I am beautiful regardless because I am a child of God?
* Am I only complete if I am married and/or have children, or am I complete because God is my salvation?
* Am I only successful if I have an important job and makes lots of money, or am I successful because I am following God's will for my life?
If we are focusing on God, if we stay hidden in Christ, then we know the truths are....
* We are all beautiful regardless of how we look because we are children of God's and made in His image.
* We are complete because God is our salvation regardless of marital status or children.
* We are successful because we are following God's will for our lives.
In closing, I'd like to share a paragraph from my study guide "Cappuccino with Colossians" by Sandra Glahn.
In her book Prayer Is a Place, religion editor Phyllis Tickle says, "What a limited and chipped lens one person's mind is for reflecting the world to itself." What masters we are at deceiving ourselves. That's why we need regular intake of God's truth through the Word and interaction with fellow believers. How much of a priority are these for you? How well do your actions line up with your priorities?