Colossians 3. Forum Discussion

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth

What does it mean to, “Set our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth?”

In Colossians 3, Paul explains that as followers of Jesus, we should no longer be active partakers in:

  • Immorality
  • Passion
  • Evil desire
  • Greed
  • Anger
  • Wrath
  • Malice
  • Slander
  • Abusive speech
  • And lying

We are to be changed and made new. This includes putting on a heart of:

  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • And most importantly, love.

In Romans 12:2, Paul wrote, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

In practical terms, this means that we stop doing a lot of the things that we used to do and develop new habits based on our love and commitment to following Jesus and His teachings.

So what are some things that we can do to set our minds on things above? For starters, we can begin each day by talking with God through prayer. Maybe we have something that we want to thank Him for? Maybe we have something that has been worrying us and we want to ask for His help? Starting off each day with a prayer sets the proper tone for the day, and it makes us feel great!

The second thing that we can do to renew our minds is to carve out time to be in God’s word every day. After we wake up and pray, many of us will review in our minds what we have planned for the upcoming day. “Setting our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” means that we make it a priority to schedule time to study the Bible.

Another thing that we can do to renew our minds is to give thanks to God every day. Even during our worst days, we can always find something to be thankful for. We can have an attitude of gratitude towards God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Setting our minds on things above can be as easy as committing to do one kind thing every day for someone else. This can be as easy as listening to a friend or co-worker and offering them words of encouragement. Being kind to others makes us feel great and shows others that we care. It is the best way to evangelize. There is an old saying, “People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Acts of kindness bring glory to God and bring out the potential in others. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Renewing our minds also means serving others. In Mathew 20:28, Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Jesus was always seeking out ways to help others. Shortly before His death, He washed the feet of His disciples. They did not understand why Jesus, The Son of God, would do that. In John 13:14-17, Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Finally, we can stay focused on the things above by ending our day in the same way that we started it, in prayer. If we begin and end each day by with prayer, we are renewing our minds. God loves us. He wants us to choose to spend time with Him. His schedule is never too full, He is never too busy, and He will always be happy to hear from us. When we pray, it is a good idea to remember how Jesus taught us to pray, as recorded in Mathew 6:9-13.

Jesus said:

“Our Father, who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil. (For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.)”

Notice how Jesus started His prayer by showing reverence to God: “Hallowed be Your name," then He asked for three things:

  1. Daily bread
  2. Forgiveness
  3. To not be tempted

The things that Jesus included in His prayer were not flashy, expensive, or materialistic. They were the things that we need to be right with God and to continue to serve Him.

To summarize, here are six things we can do every day to renew our minds and put our focus on the things above, not the world:

  1. Start every day with a prayer
  2. Set aside time to study the Bible
  3. Give thanks to God
  4. Be kind to others
  5. Serve others
  6. End your day with a prayer

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we conclude our study on the book of Colossians. Tomorrow’s lesson will focus on how we are to conduct ourselves in public. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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In today’s world, do we hear more about the things above, or the things of this world? What are the ramifications of this?

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PEGGY S TANNER
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In todays world we hear more from people talking about the coming of the LORD. I only hope that lot of people hear and believe that HE is coming and that all should be prepared to meet him in the air. Since I receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour in May 1966 as a church member, Sunday school teacher, mother of one at that time, as a Baptist since a baby, my life and family has been so blessed and taken care of now for 58 years. I have truly been blessed by these lesson. God bless you and supply all your needs.

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PEGGY S TANNER

Great comments Peggy! Thank you for studying with us. Have a blessed day!

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Unfortunately we hear far more bad things from "this world" than we do good things from above. Even Christian publications tend to publish the worst events going on in the world. It would be nice if good deeds and random acts of kindness got more attention.

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