Setting My Mind on Things Above

So if 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 your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
-Colossians 3:1-4

I am participating in a Bible study based on the book, “The Excellent Wife.” Now, before you make all sort of assuming thoughts in your head, the book is pretty well centered on God’s Word. There have been a couple items that I may have questioned the author’s specific opinions on becoming or being an “excellent” wife… BUT, all in all, she clearly is a woman who is seeking solely to glorify God and in turn, points those of us who are reading her book to do the same.

The chapter I read this morning truly has encouraged me as an individual… not just as a wife, but as a daughter of The King, a woman seeking to live for Christ. Having right desires in our heart is key in day to day living and I have been rightly convicted of areas where my heart is not focused alone on worshiping God and glorifying Him. We all struggle with our thoughts being elsewhere… on things we want, ways we want to be treated, circumstances changed… the list goes on and on. Below is a wonderful list of ways to truly apply the scripture above (Colossians 3:1-4) that the author, Martha Peace, has written (as quoted from her book, “The Excellent Wife” on page 73).

1. Think about and deliberately delight in the Lord – His works (creation, salvation, personal pruning your life).

2. Build contentment in your life. Frequently thank Him for your circumstances. Think about today and the future in a positive way, look forward to what God is going to do in your life and how He is going to be glorified through you.

3. Pray and ask God to give you new motives for “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). If you delight in Him, He will give you new desires and motives in your heart. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). This means He will replace your idolatrous desires with the desires He wants you to have.

4. Invest more of your spare time in Scripture, meditate on Scripture, memorize Scripture, and think about Scripture.

5. Make your goal to please the Lord, not personal happiness.

6. Be alert to sinful anger (you’ll feel frustrated) and/or anxiety as an indicator that your motive is likely not righteous. As soon as you are aware that you are sinning, confess it to God. Take the time and effort to think a God-honoring thought in place of the idolatrous thought.

My heart’s prayer is:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

-Psalm 19:14

3 Responses to Setting My Mind on Things Above

  • Cris says:

    Sounds like you are growing by leaps and bounds. And it sounds like a neat study. I am proud of you.

  • greta says:

    JUST what I needed to read this morning. Thank you for this post!

  • Tava Sofsky says:

    Awesome tips for us to ponder on a daily basis… I’m going to print these out and paste them on my mirror that I look in to each morning… THANKS MY FRIEND! I love you… HAPPY BIRTHday to you today sweetie!!!!! I miss you… tave :) smiling in the Lord today!