Tag: set affections on things above
Scripture reading for December 4th: Colossians 1-4
Our theme this year has been “Jesus is coming”! Isn’t it interesting how many of the devotions have a theme about Christ’s return or the end times. Paul, again writing from prison in Rome, encouraged the Colossian church to be prepared for Christ’s appearing. I can imagine Paul’s conversion experience made a deep impression on him. Christ appeared to him suddenly in a bright light on the Damascus road and spoke to him. Now as his life was approaching an end, his heart was to encourage each believer in the churches to be ready to see Jesus Christ!
Paul thanked God for the faith of the Colossian believers and their love for all the saints. Paul recognized that the faith and love came from their hope of eternal life with Jesus Christ who was in heaven. (Colossians 1:3-5) Faith, hope, and love are spiritual virtues that flow from a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Colossians were introduced to Christ when they heard the gospel message.
Paul prayed that God would fill these saints with God’s will. When believers are cognizant of God’s will, they can live a fruitful life and accomplish God’s purposes. (Colossians 1:9-14) Paul prayed that they would be filled with power by the Holy Spirit. This power would be necessary to endure patiently the trials that would come and enable them to share in the inheritance awaiting all believers in the heavenly kingdom.
Paul warned these believers about false teachers and deception. They must continue in Christ and beware of deception. Some would try to set dietary rules and special days aside, enticing people to leave the simplicity of devotion to Christ. Some would appear spiritual because of angelic visitations or visions that their fleshly minds had seen. These deceivers would appear to be humble and sincere, harshly treating their bodies. Believers must be discerning and stay true to Christ and His word.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:2-4) The positive antidote is to place our minds on the things of the Spirit. Our true life is hidden with Christ in God. Christ is going to appear suddenly! You will appear with Him in Glory!