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” . . .set your hearts on things above. . .”

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

If you call yourself a Christian, ask yourself what your heart is set on.

Did you spend more time yesterday studying the stats of your favorite sports team than you spent reading your Bible?

Have you spent more money this month entertaining yourself than you did tithing or giving to charities?

Did you talk more about the new box office hit than you did Jesus yesterday?

To the casual Christian these things seem trivial and unimportant. But according to scripture they show what you are truly passionate about and where your heart really is. Scripture never commends the casual Christian or speaks of rewards for the casual Christian. In fact according to Jesus and the Apostles there is no such thing.

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

Jesus does not want anyone to hate anyone else. He is using hyperbole to show you that there is nothing casual about being a true Christian. You are either hardcore or you are……………………..

hyperbole |hīˈpərbəlē|
noun
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

Don’t take it literally, do take it seriously.
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5 thoughts on “” . . .set your hearts on things above. . .”

  1. One of my recent favorite scriptures from the bible.
    While you have some of this interpretation correctly, I think it is partially missing the point.
    The passage is about what we worship, what we place our treasure in. Our focus will result in a changed life that comes out of that relationship.
    It restores a right relationship with God, a right relationship with others, restored community and a heart of thankfulness.
    Nowhere does it mention the means to obtain that is through any of the things you mentioned. While, those can improve your focus, the external action is not what we need to focus on. We need to focus on the internal aspect- the day to day problem we have of worshipping something other than Jesus. I need to learn and we need to learn a greater dependance on Jesus.
    This passage corresponds with Ephesians 4 and 5 as well, the same type of message.
    It is not a to do list, it is a place your heart on nothing other than Jesus passage.

    Rob

  2. You missed the point in one way, and you get it in another. You wrote, “The passage is about what we worship, what we place our treasure in.” and that is exactly how I interpreted that passage and the point I’m making.

    But I think you missed that I made the point that what we are internally focused on will represent itself by what we do with our time or how we spend our money.

    I did not address “the means to obtain” anything. I was making the point that Christians are either all in or they are lukewarm at best.

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    • But, does that interpretation fit with the parallel passage in Ephesians or the rest of the Colossians passaage?
      Yes, our actions do represent what our heart is focused on. Yet, in the very proceeding passage Paul indicates a whole different set of actions then you mention.
      I think reading the bible etc. is extremely important, but by placing too much emphasis in the post on it, takes the focus away from real relationship with Christ. It places the focus on an external action, versus an external response that occurs because of what is going on in the inside.

      I would much rather encourage people to focus on the internal than external. That is probably where we differ.

      Rob

      • Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-2), so in my estimation spending time in the Word of God is like spending time with Jesus.

        Paul wrote, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

        God said, “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4)

        The Psalmist wrote,
        “Blessed is the man
        who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
        or stand in the way of sinners
        or sit in the seat of mockers.

        But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
        and on his law he meditates day and night.

        He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
        which yields its fruit in season
        and whose leaf does not wither.
        Whatever he does prospers.”

        So, in light what the Lord has told us, I have a hard time understanding your point that reading the Word “takes the focus away from real relationship with Christ.”

        It is reading the “message of Christ” that helps us understand Him and have a relationship with Him.

        I think that you have still missed the point of the post, which is, set your heart completely on things that are of Christ or you are lukwarm.

  3. I get it. I just think there is a different way of communicating it than laying down a law.
    Remember, in the OT all they had was oral tradition for a long time. It was vastly different than sitting and reading a book.
    And I do believe reading the bible is beneficial and points us to Christ. I think though, it does not fit with the passage you led with and the point you were trying to make.

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