Meditation Monday: Seeking and Setting

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Meditation Monday is where I share my ramblings and reflections from Sunday’s sermons from Watson Chapel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, AR, Pastor Todd Howard. We are currently going through 1 John in Sunday School, Colossians in the morning, and Genesis in the evening.

Has Christ made an impact on you? Is your life continually changing because of Christ and what He has done for you?

John the Apostle, speaks about a historical Jesus, who was with the Father in the beginning, but stepped into our world, the Word of life made flesh. Take a look from 1 John,

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life — the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us (I John 1:1-2 ESVST)

John speaks about a historical event that has continuing impact in his life and produces life change. An aspect of that life change, in John, is proclaiming and testifying the message of the Gospel. Further into his letter he speaks of confessing sin, living in the light, loving our neighbors and more. John’s life was radically impacted by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

In Colossians, we read from the writings of Paul, another man transformed by the life of Christ. His life is radically changed by a historical event that has continuing impact in his life and produces life change. Paul through the Spirit explains to us how to grow in  grace when it comes to living out life change. He shares a vital key,

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. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:1-4)

Paul tells us to maintain a posture of seeking and setting our minds on Christ and those things which are eternal. Which in return means not to be preoccupied with the temporal stuff of life. A simpler way to say it, to borrow from the Apostle John, do not love the world or the things of the world (1 John 2:15).

By maintaining a posture of seeking and setting our minds on Christ, we continue to grow in holiness, which is life changing. But there are those times in our life when we fail, we cave to the pressures of life, we conform to cultural norms, worldly pleasures take precedent, all these and more stunt life change.

In our evening service we learned about one of those setbacks in the life of Abraham. When he listened to Sarah, took Hagar into his marriage bed and had a child. A child, who in their eyes, would be the child of promise, but God had bigger and better plans.

Abraham did what seemed right in his eyes. He bowed to the cultural norms. He took his eyes off the eternal city and promises of God, for the temporal, social norms of his day. Our generation today is still paying the price of Abraham’s lack of seeking and setting his mind on the eternal, on Christ.

How is the historical event (the life and work of Christ) having continuing impact in your life and how is it producing life change?

How many times do we forfeit the bigger and better plans of God by doing what seems right in our own eyes?

Let us meditate on the words of Paul,

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Until Next Time

Soli Deo Gloria

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