Dance

Set Your Mind on Things Above

 

Why so restless?

Why so weary?

Don’t you know Jesus is on the Throne

And your life is not your own

For you have died

And your life

Is hidden with Christ in God

And when He appears, you will appear with Him in glory

In glory

In glory

 

So set your mind on things above

Where Christ is seated at the right hand of God

Put on your new self chosen ones

Holy and beloved

 

Whom shall I fear?

 

So put away all your anger, no need to resort to wrath or slander

Do not lie to your friend for now your old born self is dead

Welcome to the land of the new for here your life has been renewed

By knowledge of your Holy Lord, no more to fight for divided cause

Come back with compassionate hearts, drawn with humility back to the start

In kindness draw your patient breath, remember now how you rose from death

Bearing all with one another forgive complaints against your brother

And as the Lord forgave your sin, go and do likewise my friend

Put on Love above all else, let harmony reign in yourself

The peace of Christ rule in your hearts, the body for which you are now a part

Let these words dwell in you here, Holy wisdom, no more fear

Sing  your songs of praise and love with thankfulness in your hearts to God

And whatever you do in deed or word, do in the name of Christ the Lord

Whatever you do in deed or word, do in the name of Christ the Lord

 

Scripture:

Colossians 3

 

Bible Study (written by Colin Grey 2016):
I was driving into work one morning and was crying out to God telling Him how broken I was when I saw an aeroplane banking quite low in the sky ahead. The timing and position of this meant it stayed in view for about a minute and so for a moment took my mind off my problems. I then felt God say “Stop focusing on ‘poor little me’ and start focusing on the Great I AM. I then remembered the scripture ‘Set your mind on things above, not on things below’.

How often do we worry about the things of everyday life? And yet Jesus says do not worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or what you will wear, but seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything else will be taken care of (Matthew 6:31-33). Whatever we love the most we will naturally seek first. If we love money the most, we will seek to gain money. If we seek the affirmation of others we will seek to be noticed and long to be complemented. Not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with money or being complemented. However, what priorities do we have? In Colossians 3:1-2 we read “if you are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God [on the throne]. Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth.” Every day we each have a choice, to focus on things of the earth, or to focus on things above. If we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit we can look beyond what we experience on earth in our flesh to the things above – of the Spirit. In Romans 8:5 it says “For those who are living in the way of the flesh give their minds to the things of the flesh, but those who go in the way of the Spirit, to the things of the Spirit”. Thinking the things of the Spirit has advantages as it goes on to say in the next verse “For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace”.

Paul goes on to say in Colossians 3:5 – Put to death in our bodies the things that are earthly (such as sexual immorality, uncleanness, worthless depravity, longing for forbidden things, avarice etc) but later goes in (verse 10) to encourage us to put on the ‘New Man’ and (verse 12) clothe ourselves with mercy, kindness, humility etc. If you think you are unable to do this, you are right. Without God’s help you cannot do this. But if you cry out to Him to help you, confess how weak you are and trust Him to provide, then the strength to live a brand new holy life, full of love, peace and joy, will be given to you. Remember that using human effort this is impossible, but with God, everything is possible (Matthew 19:25).