This week we begin our new series, What to Wear – A Godly Woman’s Wardrobe. Based on Colossians 3:12-14, this series will take a look at a the basic items needed in our spiritual closet.
Before we dig into those verses, let’s step back and take a look at the beginning of the chapter.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
At the beginning of Colossians 3, Paul gives us two hints on where we need to shop for our new wardrobe.
1. Seek the things that are above.
In the original Greek, the word “seek” has a richer meaning. It means “to seek to worship”. Life is busy. At any given moment there are dozens of things calling for our attention. The many roles we fill keep us running from morning to night and it is hard to keep our priorities in balance. Paul is reminding us to to stop and worship. Things on earth – our homes, our checkbook, our jobs, our hobbies – will one day be gone, but eternal things are, well, eternal! When you seek the things that are above your entire perspective on life will change. The things that matter to God will matter to you. There is a tremendous freedom when we let go of earthly things that hinder our spiritual life!
2. Set your minds on things that are above.
We must be intentional in our thinking. We become what our thoughts are. We are affected by our thoughts. If you have ever lain awake at night you know how your thoughts can go crazy. We have to set our minds with God’s thoughts. The best way to do this is through Scripture. Let your mind focus on a verse about God’s faithfulness, or His love for you, or any of the other promises in His Word.
We also have to reject the thoughts that bombard us that focus on the “reality” of life. There is a huge difference in reality and truth. Reality is life from an earthly perspective. Truth sees life from the eternal perspective. When thoughts come that are contrary to the abundant life that God has promised us, refuse to dwell on them! Speak out loud if you have to! That doesn’t mean to stick your head in the sand and do nothing, but instead, our thoughts should be speaking the victory that God gives. (And sometimes that victory is not what we would have chosen, but trust God that ALL things work together for good!)
Today: Make the time “to seek to worship” God and ask Him to show you the thoughts that you need to reject and a verse to set your mind on.
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Next in the series: Kill The Beast
This Wednesday – Ladies Bible Study – Power of a Woman’s Words
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