- A standard if...then statement, positively crucial for a Christian. If you have been raised with Christ--that is if your blood has been cleansed by the Perfect Lamb's blood and your once damned soul has been born again--then this is what you must do. Or at least that's how I read this verse. What must I do? Seek the things that are above.
- Why do we do this? Because that's where Jesus is, seated at the right hand of God. He's there, resurrected and alive, at the right hand of God the Creator. And this God-Man, this being of such power and importance, loves us. He loves us so much that He died for us so we could be born again with Him. That's why we seek the things that are above, because our Savior is there.
- It's interesting to note that the right hand seat symbolizes power. Whoever sits near a king, especially at his right hand, represents power and influence. Here, God the King and Sovereign Lord, orchestrates His power through His Son Jesus Christ. How cool is that? And oh how humbling.
- How do we do this? We set our minds on things that are above and not on things that are on earth. I cannot help but think of 1 John 2:15 or Romans 12:2. How vital it is that we have our minds renewed! How absolutely crucial it is that we must not love the world but God! This theme is so common throughout the bible that it's almost like we're daft and lack comprehension... When something is repeated, that means it's important. Well if this theme is repeated time and time again, then through the Spirit of God this is important!
If we're looking for a handbook for Christian living, this is one of its key directions. Set your minds on things that are above, because what's above? Jesus. And if we're focused on Him, we'll not be swayed by the world as easily or as much.