Raised with Christ

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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2

Let's face it. We really are what we think about and desire to have. Our minds are the GPS that points us to our "treasure" and our hearts are the engines that carry us to our "prize." Our minds determine the direction; our hearts provide the drive. That's why our passage today is so important.

In our new lives, transformed by Jesus, it is His Spirit that speaks through our internal GPS to give us directions to continue straight or turn. For all those who "have been raised with Christ," it is His Spirit who empowers us to continue on and complete the journey. When we make a wrong turn, accidentally or on purpose (or accidentally on purpose) the Spirit "recalibrates" the route to get us back on the right path.

Setting our hearts and minds "on things above" is not some mysterious endeavor maintained by secluded meditation. Paul explains that this eternal direction and drive is secured by keeping "in step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25). Make up your mind to follow hard after Jesus. If you do that, you will always be headed in the right direction for the right reasons.

Father, earthly things distract me. They are shiny and tempting. They cause my mind and heart to take wrong exits and stay too long at rest stops. Forgive me. I can't make this journey on my own. Capture my mind and heart for Jesus. Help me to keep in step with His Spirit. In His name I pray. Amen.