“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2
Focusing on God seems like a simple concept but actually doing it is a challenge. We live in a world where there are so many things that we have to do. There are so many things pulling out our focus—our jobs, our children, our church activities, our practices, …and list goes on and on.
Probably most people even find it hard to find family time and much less time for God. Usually God is in the back burner. We finally think about God at the end of the day, but we are to do the opposite. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
We are set our minds on things above—Godly things—because:
1 – Things on this earth that are seen are temporal (2 Corinthians 4:18)
2 – If we set our minds on the things on the earth—our problems, our situation—then we will get discouraged
When all we hear is negative then that is what we become. Negative thoughts come in and we start believing and then we start acting on the negative. We need to concentrate on the positive: God’s word. Positive thoughts come in and we start believing and then we start acting on the positive.
3 – If we set on our minds on the things on the earth we magnify our problems
The longer we think on the negative the bigger it will seem. We begin to magnify the negative. Just like a magnifying glass magnifies an object. The object doesn’t get bigger but our perception of the object changes in that we see it bigger. When the Bible talks about magnifying God, it’s not that God is getting bigger but our perception of God is getting bigger.
God is already bigger than any situation that we will face. The only thing that needs to change is our perception of Him because our perception will determine what we believe. Don’t let Satan deceive into thinking that your problems are bigger than God. We need to bring every thought captive to Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5) and begin to meditate and think on Him.
KJV Joshua 1:8
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.