I’m a big fan of the Apostle Paul’s writings in the New Testament—I admire him, really, because Paul has a way of communicating that is simultaneously encouraging to read, but also straight to the point when it comes to the hard facts about what it takes to see your life changed. Let me give you an example—Colossians 3:1-4:
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
It’s hard to describe exactly how I feel when I read this—Paul is saying something that’s really encouraging! But at the same time, there’s a difficult challenge within his words that for some of us might cut to the heart: if you’ve been given new life with Christ, seek the things above—where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
It’s not just, “seek the things that are above”—Paul makes a point to tell us that Christ is above. I get this picture in my mind: Jesus is above, everything else is below. So, from our vantage point, can we see everything that’s going on throughout the world? No! We will never see and understand everything that’s going on. But that’s where Jesus comes in—from his vantage point, he can see and understand everything that is going on because he is above it all! And so, if we want to know the right decisions to make or the best way to live our lives, it doesn’t make sense to look to other people and things that don’t have a full picture of what’s going on. We need to look to Jesus and the truth that has been revealed from his vantage point—the