The Things Above

September 29, 2017 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Tags: John Guerra, blog, Sanger, First Baptist Church, flag

The man looked a little worried when the doctor came in to administer his annual physical, so the first thing the doctor did was to ask whether anything was troubling him. "Well, to tell the truth, Doc, yes," answered the patient. "You see, I seem to be getting forgetful. No, it's actually worse than that. I'm never sure I can remember where I put the car, or whether I answered a letter, or where I'm going, or what it is I'm going to do once I get there -- if I get there. So, I really need your help. What  can I do?" The doctor mused for a moment, then answered in his kindest tones,  "Pay me in advance."

 “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

It’s one thing to feel like you’re losing your mind because you lose your car at Walmart, lose your keys at the house or lose your glasses on the top of your head. Maybe age has something to do with it, I don’t know…. What was I talking about?

I told Ryan that he better not take a knee in protest when I welcome our guests this Sunday. Kneeling during the National Anthem is about that silly to me. It infuriated me the first time I witnessed it because you are benefitting from what you are protesting, a bit hypocritical. I understand our world is full of anger, frustration, and division because there are such strong feelings about everything….. except what REALLY matters. At the end of the day, should we really be focused and controlled by what offends us? As believers, we’re told to look at life a LITTLE different. Before we lose our minds over disrespecting our flag, look at Col 3:1, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

We are not the same as we were and we should not be the same as the world we live in. As believers, followers of Jesus Christ, our minds should be somewhere else, therefore influencing our lives here on earth. Our mind on the things above means that the Christian is to keep thinking about the things of God and not consumed with the things of this world. This doesn’t mean ignorance of what is going on around us, but it does mean that we do not allow these temporary worldly issues to control our thoughts and behavior. We believers must keep our feet on the ground and our hearts in the heavens. However, we can’t be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good as D.L. Moody used to say. This command to focus on the heavenly things related to the rule of Christ in the world. Since He is sovereign and Lord of our lives, His concerns should occupy our minds. We’ve been raised with Christ! Our values, our words, our actions, our witness should reflect this. The Great Commission is not about leading and loving people to stand for our National Anthem, our Great Commission is about leading and loving people to bow before Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life. Our world is full of disrespectful behavior, but if our mind is on things above, we’ll not get caught up in the issues of this world that divide us and characterize us as unloving and self-righteous. Only we can set our minds on things above, no one else.

 

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