“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. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-3
As human beings, we seek comfort and pleasure. It’s natural. None of us wake up and think, “I’d really like to be miserable today.” (And if we do, we should probably seek psychiatric attention.) But the problem with seeking comfort and pleasure is that we get ourselves tangled up in all the wrong things in order to find happiness. We make bad choices. We make huge mistakes. Then we feel the disillusion as everything we thought we wanted crumbles into nothing.
Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.” Setting your mind on the things above means burying the things that distract you here. There are things that deter us from keeping our sights on God’s Kingdom and we need to put them to rest.
Bury Your Idols
Your idols will never give you the life you’re looking for. God created many things for our enjoyment, but none of those things were designed to give us life. Only God Himself can give us life.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Our idols are thieves – they steal our affection, our attention, and our very souls. They never give life, they only take it. We need to bury our idols because our life can never be found in them. Our lives are found in Christ.
Bury Your Past
The past is something that needs to be addressed, but sooner or later it needs to be put to rest. You don’t need to hold onto the pain of the past when Jesus is your hope. You don’t need to hold onto the shame of your past when Jesus has cleansed you. You don’t need to be weighed down by the chains of the past when Jesus has set you free. Don’t let the past hold you back any more. Paul writes in Philippians 3:13, “But I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Pressing ahead means letting go of what’s behind.
The phrase “die to yourself” is quite popular in the Christian realm, and it means to put your ambitions aside and pick up God’s instead. It means burying the opinion that your desires are more important than God’s. This is not an easy task. This is especially hard because a lot of the time when we put ourselves first we see instant results, while when we put God first the results don’t seem as obvious. But the overall results of putting God first are much more satisfactory than putting ourselves first. We need to bury ourselves and submit ourselves back under the rule of the King, who knows how to direct our lives better than we do. We can bury our old selves, knowing that we have been raised with Christ.