I’ve been thinking about what I think about. What do you think about? Do you think about your busy calendar, your long “to do” list, what you overheard someone say about you, or maybe even your bank account? These are all things that are temporary, and these are things that both Christians and non-Christians both spend a lot of time, energy and angst. If this is where we focus, we are not living with eternity in mind. Unbelievers naturally think of themselves first, but as Christians we are to first seek and think of our Lord. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:1-3 ESV)
We are to set our minds on things above, not the temporary things of this world. The Amplified version puts it this way: “Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.” Everything we focus on in this temporary realm more than we focus on “things that are above” can become idolatry, and we are told: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31) So we need to ask ourselves is what we think about and what we do glorify our Lord?
What we think about becomes what we hold close to our hearts. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov 4:23) Today we should choose if we want to think about the temporal things of this world and live in all of our feelings about these things (thereby making our lives all about us), or do we want live for eternity, and put the Lord in His rightful place in our hearts and minds? C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Col 3:15)