Set you mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Where do we go to find happiness and peace in our daily lives? More to the point, why do we all too often seek the treasures of this fallen world over the everlasting joys of God and our eternal home? The devil tempt us with worldly comforts. Money, honor and earthly possessions are in our grasp. We have them with us now. We don’t yet realize the full measure or value of what God is offering to us. We are too familiar with the comforts of the world. “Swine trample on pearls, because they do not know their value.” (Swinnock)
The beauty and value of worldly treasures dims, as we look more and more toward heaven. We are warned in “not to love the things of the world or the things in the world… the world is passing away with its desires,…”
The things of this world are not eternal. They can only comfort us for so long. Therefore we must as it says in , “Set [our] mind on things that are above.” Things that are above, are eternal and of infinitely more value that things on the earth.
Keeping our minds on these and uniting our lives with God in Christ brings the joy of the promise in , ” When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
- Eternal Preaching – Part 2 (biblicalpreaching.net)
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (ESV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (ESV)
3:1 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.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. (ESV)
4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (ESV)