Colossians 3:2 What Do You Think About?

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2

Throughout the day there are many things that people think about. Depending upon what they are doing, will depend upon where their focus and mind is, money, bills, illnesses, vacations, pleasures, family, work, material things, and more.

Behind all of their day-to-day activities, many also have their minds focused upon dreams. Nearly everyone has something that they desire and many will spend a lot of time thinking about that thing and how to get it. Focus on these desires will often overtake other responsibilities and more important needs.

Paul points out that since a believer is now raised with Christ to a new life, he is to focus on things above, not the temporary earthly things.

While it is important to take care of the temporary things of life on this earth, such as jobs, bills, vehicle and house maintenance and more, there is a higher and more lasting priority of focus.

Everything physical in this life will break down, fade away and disappear at some point. Nearly all of these things will fade from the memory of most people shortly after it is gone. It is only in the here and now that they can mean anything, if anything at all.

Even though the believer is in this world and must take care of some temporary things, his primary focus must be more on the eternal things of heaven and God. A person may have all the physical things of this world, but if he does not believe in Jesus and have his sins removed, he will lose everything in the end and have only death left.

God has a mission for every believer. That mission will always have a focus upon eternity with God for himself and others. Believers must have a focus upon that mission that God has for him.

You have many things that you think about every day. Each one has a different level of priority in your life. While many of those things have some temporary importance to them, the greatest thing to focus upon is what God is saying and doing in and through you.

Instead of spending all of your time and efforts to gain temporary things, put your mind and efforts on the things of eternity and God. Jesus forgave you and saved you for an eternal purpose, not for temporary things.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will focus your mind on the things of God; that God would remove the lure of temporary things in your life; that you will have the mind of Christ in all that you think, say and do; and that you will know God’s mission for your life.

James 3:15 Wisdom, Not Of God

Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. James 1:15

Wisdom is something that many people claim to have. They ‘know’ how to get something done or what is best for every situation.

Most often the wisdom that people have is used for personal gain at any cost. They have wisdom to know how to get what they want from others. It is often out of selfish ambition or envy that the wisdom shows up in the life of a person.

James describes the wisdom of the world and that it does not come from heaven. He harshly calls it earthly and demonic.

Selfishness and envy is what caused Adam and Eve to sin by taking the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. They were seeking wisdom for all of the wrong reasons and were led by Satan into sin.

Over the centuries, the heart of man has not changed. Many are still envious of others and seek things for their own welfare. In seeking things this way, they use the wisdom of the world, the same wisdom that Satan gave Adam and Eve.

This is not only found in the world, but also inside the church. Preachers speak wisdom in a way that is for selfish gain. Members of churches use wisdom to get what they want in the church.

Acting in these ways does not represent Jesus or God. Both are perfect examples of love, which does not envy and is not selfish. Just as Jesus put others before Himself, so should every believer do the same.

Using Godly wisdom will remove all selfishness and envy, realizing that God knows what is best for the believer and only provides what is best. The believer will flee the demonic wisdom of this fallen world.

As you seek out things for your life, you must ask yourself if it is sought out of envy and selfish ambition, or for God and others. The methods you use to accomplish something will reveal where your wisdom is coming from, whether it is from God or from demons.

Allow God to fill your heart with His perfect love for Him and for others in order to push out the demonic wisdom of this fallen world. Live your life to serve God and others, rather than serving self and Satan.

Where is your wisdom coming from?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for direction in your life; that you will use God’s wisdom to direct your steps; that God will strengthen you to reject the demonic influences around you; and that you will have God’s perfect love for Him and others.