“If then 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.” (Col. 3:1-2)
Let’s face it, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely led to a complete reshuffling of the priorities in your life. The question is, did your focus merely shift from one set of earthly diversions to another, or has it led you to set your mind on the things that are above?
There are various reasons why God calls us to prioritize the heavenly vs. the earthly, the spiritual vs. the physical, the eternal vs. the temporary. While it surely benefits us from the peace, comfort, direction, and hope He grants us as we do so, more importantly, it’s a reflection of our focus on Christ vs. the world.
The Bible calls us to die to ourselves and live by faith in the Son of God. If we merely move from being consumed by one set of earthly circumstances to another, then we’re missing the blessing and purpose that’s wrapped into this pandemic.
While many of us (my family included) are struggling with job loss, health issues, failing businesses, strained relationships, and additional worry and stress, God commands us not to set our minds on the things of earth. Rather, if we seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, we can rest assured that through Him, all of the things that we need will be provided to us.
Yes, things may look bad on the surface today; but this too shall pass, while eternity will always be at stake. God is calling us to repent and draw near to Him. That call is no different now than it was 6 months ago, but let this pandemic be a reminder that our time on earth is short and our days are numbered.
It’s more crucial now than ever that we get our minds right and set them on things above.