Sunday Notes: The Things Above






Colossians 3:1-4

I have died, been buried and resurrected in Christ.

Seeking and setting my mind on things above, where Christ is, takes effort. The pull of earths gravity is strong and it tries to encroach every aspect of my life. But Paul reminds me that I can SET MY MIND. That it is a choice. That it is indeed possible.

But what does it mean to have my mind set on things above? I saw the words HIDDEN and APPEAR. I read verses 3 and 4 again.

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with him in glory.

To set my mind on things above, is to remain hidden with Christ in God. To step back and not let things be about me.

Our pastor ended with a poem from George Herbert. A message is hidden in his words and once the next powerpoint showed it, I gasped at its beauty.



Colossians 3:3
Our Life is Hid with Christ in God.

MY words and thoughts do both express this notion,
That LIFE hath with the sun a double motion.
The first IS straight, and our diurnal friend:
The other HID, and doth obliquely bend.
One life is wrapt IN flesh, and tends to earth;
The other winds t'wards HIM, whose happy birth
Taught me to love here so, THAT still one eye
Should aim and shoot at that which IS on high:
Quitting with daily labor all MY pleasure,
To gain at harvest an eternal TREASURE. 

George Herbert
(1593-1633)




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