Last post explored two ways we’re drawn away from God: Through pride and our deceiving heart’s desires.
Sometimes, though, the reasons might not run so deep, at least at first. Sometimes, drift begins because we’re just distracted.
Not necessarily even attracted.
Of the thousand things that scream daily for our attention, some appeal to our conscience, our regret at failings, our desire not to waste our time in idle nothingness, but instead do beautiful things somehow for God. Or people seem to need us, and clamor for our attention. Or maybe it’s just noise and disorder and clutter and trivial distractions.
The trouble with all of that? It’s earthy. So it pulls our view down from heavenward to the ground. And there it often stays, all weighed down.
Meanwhile, Christ is seated above, at the right hand of God. Above, where Colossians 3 tells us to set our minds and hearts. But the distractions alone, trivial though they may be, yank us away from these blessed instructions.
What to do?
Seems to me some purposeful looking up each day in praise, for even a mere five minutes, would do a lot to remind us that life is not about earth stuff.
The earth thing, that’s just life’s preface. Our life, says Colossians, is now hidden with Christ in God. Up there beyond the blue (or gray) where we forget to look… in our distraction.
So, here are some upward thoughts, in more reasons for us to praise Him— from, you guessed it, Colossians.
Chin up! Mind up! Heart up! Things are looking up!
- In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (a repeat from past listing, so not counted here)
- Because it’s in Him that we can walk
- it’s in Him that we are established in the faith
- Because in Him, Christ, dwells all the fullness of the godhead bodily
- Because in Him we who believe were circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, the putting off of the body of sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.
- Because, though we were dead in our trespasses, through the cross He has forgiven the trespasses of all us who are in Christ.
- Because he has disarmed principalities and powers, and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the cross
- Because, having triumphed, He, Christ, is now seated at the right hand of God.
- Because He is the Head from Whom all the body of believers is nourished.
- … the Head from Whom all the body of believers is knit together
- … the Head from Whom all the body of believers grows.
- Because our increase is from Him.
- Because His peace can rule in our hearts if we let it.
- Because whatever we do we should (and can) do in His name/character essence.
- Because it is through Him that we can/should/do give thanks.
- Because the new person we have put on is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him (i.e., the image of God).
- Because in Christ there is no difference between Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, salve or free, but Christ is all, and in all.
- Because there is no partiality with Him.
- Because whatever we do should be done as to Him and not just to people.
- Because He is our Master in heaven.