Colossians 3: 1-4: Intentionality.(Please click here for todays passage)

Good news! We are new people in a new position (1, 3). So we can do everything we are told to do in this chapter.

‘’Having laid the doctrinal foundation, Paul now makes the personal application, for truth is something to live as well as to learn.’’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’, p.784

‘’They now share in his resurrection life, so their lives are to be different. Their interests are to be focused on Christ; their minds, aims, ambitions, in fact their whole outlook, are to be centred on that heavenly realm where he rules, and where their lives truly belong. A continuous ongoing effort is required (lit.’keep on setting your minds/hearts’) for such a focus does not come automatically.’’ Peter T. O’Brien: ‘New Bible Commentary’, p.1272.

Our lives must be continually re-orientated towards our real home, for we regularly drift off course. But no one ever does anything significant without putting their mind to it and their heart into it. So there’s an intentionality here, expressed in the repeated word ‘’set’’ (1, 2; see Malachi 3:1). This is about ‘mind-set’ and focus. But such concentration will not happen without time. It’s easy to tell ourselves that we are far too busy to donate time to the cultivation of our spiritual lives. When John Ortberg was about to enter a very busy season of ministry, and he asked Dallas Willard what he needed to do to stay spiritually healthy, Dallas replied, ‘’You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life?’ When Ortberg came back asking, ‘’What else?’’ the reply was, ‘’There is nothing else. Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.’’

Today’s reading also raises the question, ‘To what extent is Jesus my true treasure?’ ‘’…set your hearts on things above, where Christ is…’’ (1). Surely my heart will follow my love; it will be where my love is. Our real life is now bound up with Jesus (3, 4; 1 John 5:12), so why would we keep our hearts and minds distanced from Him? If Christ is your life, keep your heart and mind in the place of life.

Verse 3 speaks of our security: ‘’So here we are in Christ, who is in God, and no burglar, not even Satan himself, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom.8:31-39).’’ Dr. A.T. Robertson.

Our real identity is not clear to the world at the moment, but one day it will be openly displayed (3, 4). ‘’Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life – even though invisible to spectators – is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too – the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.’’ The Message. C.S. Lewis said that if you could see your brother or sister today, looking how they will one day appear, you might well be tempted to bow down and worship them!

‘’…make the new life the focus of your attention. Set your mind on it; seek to experience all you have in Christ.’’ Warren W. Wiersbe.