Colossians 3:1-4 – 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. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
1 Timothy 6:2 – Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession.
The challenge every day for the follower of Christ is to strike a balance between what he believes, and how he behaves. (Perhaps at this point I should say that when I use the pronoun he, I am including everyone.) We've all heard reports about some unfortunate individual who has been caught in a moral failure, and the reporter is quick to point out that he is a member of a certain church, where he teaches Sunday School, etc. Tsk! Tsk! Or perhaps about someone else who tends to be very vocal about his faith, but has proven remarkably inadequate in some particular circumstance. He is described as being "So heavenly minded he's no earthly good!" The text from Colossians seems to say that we must be heavenly minded in order to be any earthly good. Having our minds oriented towards the things of God enables us to sort out the daily details from a new perspective. It may mean a total reversal of priorities. If our old nature has died with Christ, we have a new nature ready to blossom into life. Paul said to young Timothy: "Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called." We tend to think of eternal life in terms of duration (unending), but isn't it rather a quality of life, a new type of life that is ours even now, even here? It's to take hold of, and live.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant that with the strength and wisdom of your Holy Spirit, we may take hold of all those things that you have prepared for us this day. Amen.