Critics have often argued that Christianity itself is just a form of escapism. “Christians are so heavenly minded, they are of no earthly good,” they quip. That is something I am opposed to. He pointed out that the Christians in history who have done the best have been heavenly-minded. “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither,” he declared.
Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
In today’s reading, Paul makes the same point. The false teachers of that time had been promoting the idea that to be spiritual one had to participate in ascetic practices that focused on self-denial. Paul gives an alternative vision. He says that life in Christ is more than what they could see with their eyes or touch with their hands.
Instead, Paul urges the church to “set your hearts on things above” (verse 1). This command is so important that he repeats it in verse 2. Paul wants the Colossian church to focus on the reality that Jesus is “seated at the right hand of God” (verse 1). He is risen! That reality should be our guidepost for thinking and living. As one commentator puts it, we accomplish this “by deliberately and daily committing ourselves to the values of the heavenly kingdom and living out those values.”
In addition to these precious truths, Paul reminds us that because we have died and been raised with Christ spiritually, our real life is now “hidden with Christ in God” (verse 3). Even though we may look just like everyone else around us, our status as co-heirs with Christ is veiled. Our hope is that one day when Christ returns, what is hidden now will be revealed. These truths will sustain us for the long haul in life and ministry, not the petty rules and regulations offered by the false teachers.
PRAY WITH US
Today we invite you to pray for the directors of the Mystical Order Ministries. Let’s ask the Lord to bless their time together, as they meet, with fruitful discussion, wise discernment, and sound judgment in leading Moody Bible Institute.