“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2
As summer draws to a close and a new school year begins, I find myself reevaluating my walk with Christ. While I have enjoyed a break from the hustle and bustle of my children’s normal activities over the past couple of months, I have also found myself out of my normal routine with God. Ashamedly, June and July brought little quiet time with my Father, and I have to say I have been missing Him terribly! So, a few weeks ago, I revved myself up to refocus my attention back on Christ and checked out some books from my church’s library. One book that has brought me to my knees and created a revival of sorts in my soul is “The Slumber of Christianity” – the title, in and of itself, caught my attention right off the shelf and the content didn’t disappoint.
In the book, Ted Dekker takes a close look at why Christians, in general, are settling for lives of mere contentment rather than living with genuine joyfulness, which our Creator intended for us to experience (1 Thess. 5:16). Why are we, as Believers in our great Lord, living as if this earthly life is all there is? If you are like me, it’s easy to rely heavily on the pleasures of this life to bring you happiness – unfortunately, that happiness is fleeting when you are faced with the reality of living in a fallen world. The fact is, we weren’t created for this earth – we were created for Heaven (Ecc. 3:11). How can we awaken from our slumber and create a passion for Heaven while we are living here on earth?
My wake-up call has been to recognize with an open heart, mind, body and soul that the life I have created for myself here on earth IS NOT all there is – I have a much more superior life waiting for me in which I will spend eternity, and, if you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, so do you! Think about it – if you viewed everything from this one truth, how would your life change – how would your day change? The Apostle Paul tells us, not once, but twice to keep our hearts and minds set on our final destination. He writes “since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2). The fact is our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), and we must become obsessed with our nationality!
Dekker so eloquently writes, “We humans are naturally obsessive creatures. We tend to fixate on objectives and dreams, and we are quite good at achieving whatever our minds conceive. Why is this? Because we were created in the image of a God who has a similar nature. His ways are beyond our understanding because they aren’t bound by human reasoning and His obsession is not an entirely rational thing. We were designed to obsess after our Creator. But our hearts have been corrupted, and the agent of evil, Satan himself, has successfully redirected our obsession away from God and His great reward for all those who love Him, by filling our minds solely with the things of this earth. Christians have fallen asleep to the promise of the afterlife and no longer dream of that great day. Their obsession for eternity is in slumber. And being creatures created to obsess, many have redirected their obsessions to the pleasures of this world alone.”
I hope those words hit you like they did me! Where is your obsession? Is it your children, your spouse, your vacations, your food, your drink, your things, or is it your God? I’m constantly trying to fixate my mind on the ultimate destination of my heavenly home and the eternal life which awaits. I have to say, when I succeed with my thoughts, I am given peace, patience, and genuine joy. I’ll close today with Dekker’s final words, “There is a truth that this life will quickly pass and the staggering reality of the life to come will be upon us. There is also a truth that you were created for that life more than for this life. Thinking on these matters alone will begin to change everything you do.”
Until next time, setting my eternal alarm clock to obsess after our Creator… Katie