Undoubtedly, staying focused on the high life and living an extraordinary Christ-infused resurrection life should be a top priority for every believer from here on out.
Have you ever wondered why past experiences that seemed so clear a few years ago are but faint memories today? Barring mental illness [which, by the way, you can and should take authority over], the answer is exhilarating.
Personally, the older I get, the less I remember the past. Events that once consumed my life are fainter and fainter like a distant dream.
I knew there was a God-answer, not the “it comes with age” nonsense. Then, as I was praying, the Holy Spirit said the answer is found in Colossians 1.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. ~ Col 1:1-4
Well, we could camp here and unpack for weeks. But let me touch on a few points to help us live the extraordinary Christ-infused resurrection life for which we were born.
Seek after, search for, and focus on the eternal things, things above in Heaven. Read the Scriptures. Pray, listen, and do what God speaks to your heart.
Someone said, “Energy flows where attention goes.” Stay focused on your life’s vision, guard your mind, and seek eternal things. It will go well with you, and you will have a stream of energy for things that matter.
As great as we thought our lives were before Christ, we knew nothing. We were hollow legends in our minds. In our actual state, we were sinful, selfish, worldly vagabonds. We were without God in the world and eternally lost.
But Christ Jesus came seeking to save the lost. He wooed us to Himself through love. When we received Him, God gave us a new spirit and put His eternal Spirit within. Through light and truth from the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, we began growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord.
Then we discovered and are discovering who we are, what we have, and what we can do in the glorious, resurrected Lord God omnipotent, who reigns forever and ever.
Now, here is the key. When we see everything through the lens of the Word of God and focus on things above, the reality of our extraordinary Christ-infused resurrection life supersedes everything. Memories from the past grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!
Thank God the old life is dead, hidden in Christ. Don’t resurrect it.
Listen, some of you need to update your “testimony.” Don’t weigh people down by retelling sordid details of nasty scenes from your old life. You re-victimize yourself, cloak yourself in shame, overcome nothing, and edify no one.
Instead, glorify God.
God is conforming us to His glorious image. When Christ, our life, appears, we will also appear with Him in glory. Glory to God forevermore for His unfathomable love, mercy, and grace.
So set your mind and stay focused on things above, not on earthly things.
So, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective. ~ Col 3:1, Msg
Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm. ~ Col 3:2, TPT