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.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put of your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Ephesians 4:22-23
In the business world, people are expected to change, to increase in their abilities to be the best in their field of expertise. Corporations are always giving training on how to be better on the job. Changes are made to improve production and sales.
In order to make the needed changes, people must be willing to change their old habits and mindsets.
As Paul is giving instructions on how to live as a believer, he tells the people that they have been taught to put on their old sinful self by having a change of their mindset.
At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, there must be some change in his life. If there is no change, then the belief is made pointless and of no value.
Too many people have chosen to follow Jesus without changing their lifestyles. They want to have the best of both worlds, sin and heaven. This comes from thinking that sin is good or cannot be stopped.
Believers who have chosen to allow God to rule in their life will be given the ability to change. God’s Holy Spirit will come into a person and change their mindset to one that is like God’s. They will learn to hate sin as God hates it and then choose to flee from it. They will choose to put off their old sinful self so that they may live a holy and righteous life unto God.
Until a believer changes his mindset, he will be unable to live a holy life unto God.
If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you are a new creation. Allow your mind to be changed. Your old mind lived in sin and was dying. Learn to hate sin as God hates it, so that you will flee when temptation comes your way, as it will.
Renew your mind so that your thoughts and attitudes will be those of God. Live your life as Jesus lived His. With God this is possible. He has called you to live a holy and righteous life and has provided everything you need in order to live that life.
Change your mindset and live for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to make you a new creation in Jesus; that your mind will be set on God’s ways; that you will live holy and righteously as Jesus did; and that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3:19
In the fast paced busyness of society in today’s times, many people are desiring to be refreshed. They want to be able to relax and have a good time and enjoy life.
The world often looks to drugs, things or doing something to give them the refreshing they desire. All of these things are temporary and will often fail in providing what is desired. People end up more tired afterwards, than before.
After a man was healed, Peter tells the people to repent and turn to God. This is so that they may have times of refreshing from God.
Once a person is done working a long, hard day, he will often take a shower, put on clean clothes and some deodorant to freshen up. He wants himself to be made presentable to others again.
While this works great on getting the outside freshened up a bit, it does not always freshen up the inside spirit of the person. Inside the heart and mind, a person is often under much turmoil and stress. It can still feel dirty.
The first step to feeling refreshed on the inside is to repent of any sins. This is to be truly sorry for what was done wrong against God or any person. It is to turn away from doing any sin at all.
Then a person must turn to God for the inner cleansing of the heart and mind. Only Jesus can cleanse a person from sin, since He paid the price for sin–death.
Once these two steps are done, God can come into a person and bring a spiritual refreshing to the mind and soul, despite the difficulties and troubles of life.
You may be tired and worn out from your day-to-day challenges of life and work. You want to be refreshed, but are not sure how to get it. Nothing that you try hits it correctly.
Start with repentance of sins and turning to God. Allow God to give you the life that you need to be refreshed and strengthened from day to day.
Sin will weigh you down and destroy you. Repentance allows God to remove the sin and build you up with a refreshing, abundant eternal life.
Are you willing to give Him a chance?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of any sins you have done against God; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you of all sins; and that you will allow God to refresh your mind and soul.