1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2).
The story goes like this: Once upon a time a loaf of bread fell from a bakery truck and as it hit the ground a crumb broke loose. Three little birds all eyed the crumb and swooped down to grab it, but instead began fighting over it.
Eventually one of the birds succeeded in scooping up the crumb in its beak and flew away with it—hotly pursued by the other two. A frenzied aerial fracas took place until the crumb was completely consumed.
So focused were these birds on the crumb that the only thing they saw was nothing but the crumb. None noticed the loaf still on the ground.
Look at the New Age Movement and especially how it has infiltrated the church. There is nothing “new” about this movement and like the age-old tricks of satan, they are luring untold numbers into spiritual slavery. How? They offer the ignorant the so-called secret to fulfilled human potential or the road to eternal youth or a guarantee of material wealth. And do you know what is so pitiful? These ideas have found their way into the church because they are being espoused and are constantly propagated by “superstar evangelists” who keep enticing people and in the process lining their own pockets and filthily enriching themselves! Yes, the celebrity evangelists.
Why are many so easily taken in? I know one reason, and that is because they are so focused on flimsy things. They run after the unimportant things, consuming their energies by squawking, like the birds we talked about, over crumbs or trivialities while the actual riches of life silently stand by unnoticed.
Read our main verse again. It says that the first order of business for the Christian who is risen with Christ is to seek understanding. Seek those things that are above; seek the conversation of the wise and the instructed. Study if you will the masterpieces, the highest masterpieces that enlighten the mind and the spirit. Don’t be content with the highest levels of earthly excellence; it is not enough to fill the vastness of your God-given potential. Don’t even be satisfied with what the heavens can offer. Reach for the Throne of heaven where Christ is seated!
And how often we concentrate our energies on non-essential issues when all our thoughts, all our desires, all our love should be directed upward and heavenward. The things of this world are transient and therefore should catch our attention only inasmuch as we are stewards of the gifts of God for the space of this short life. What are you focusing on while the needs of the hurting are neglected and every day the lost go to hell?
Are you in the same league as those three little birds squabbling over the crumbs when a huge loaf sits there, unattended and untouched? You know, at their very best, the things of this world are nothing but merely a means to an end. God has given them to us so that they can support our earthly, physical life and material needs and further, to enable us to do the work that the Lord has given us to do. So when we appropriately use these earthly things entrusted to us, in effect we are really seeking heavenly things. Do you see the connection? Prosperity preachers are always emphasizing self: seek God’s hand, not His face. When you run after such, you end up chewing grass, literally.
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, so many times I allow self to take over. At other times, I run after what man proposes, ignoring the truth that you are the One who disposes. Help me, Lord, to focus on heaven and its mansions so that I will learn to set my affections always on things above, to Your glory. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Have a blessed week.