“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, NIV
Today is February 1st, so it’s time for a new Siesta Scripture Memory Team verse. My choice is Colossians 3:1. This verse is transitional in the book of Colossians. In the first two chapters, Paul tells his readers what it means to be a Christian, to live in Christ, to be part of His Kingdom. In chapter 3, he begins telling them what this looks like practically. In other words, he moves from the spiritual explanation to the practical application. Concept #1: set your heart on Heaven, where Jesus is, sitting right beside our God.
I like this! If my heart is focused on the world, I may be tempted to live for it, to yield to its temptations, to try to fit in, to hoard its treasures. I may even find a way to convince myself that this is what God wants me to do. It’s a vulnerable way to live.
When I keep my focus on Heaven, though, on following Jesus, on dwelling in God’s Presence, on building His Kingdom on earth now in anticipation of what it someday in Heaven will be, I want everything I do to honor Him, drawing me and, prayerfully, those around me closer to His heart.
As far as practical application goes, I think this is a great first lesson to strive to apply. I invite you to memorize this verse with me over the next few weeks. Or I hope you’ll choose a verse that’s speaking to you now to commit to memory. I’ll post my next verse on February 15.
Father, please help us remember to always keep our hearts set on Heaven. We live for Jesus. Amen.