Colossians 3:1-4 (KJV) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
When Henry accepted the Lord Jesus, he could not understand what it meant when scripture said “set your affection on things above”.
He had always lived his life to “meet up with the Joneses” and earn the admiration of men. Most of his decisions in life were calculated to prove a point and gain the praise of men, especially his former classmates. But as he understood the message of today’s Bible passage, he started living his life to gain the praise of heaven rather than the praise of men. He realized that there are things that when he did, heaven rejoiced and his esteem in heaven increased. Our Lord Jesus says there is great rejoicing in heaven when one sinner repents (see Luke 15:7). Some believers are always causing rejoicing in heaven because they are soul winners. They are highly esteemed in heaven, and this shows in their level of spiritual authority.
Setting your affection on things above means living for the praise of heaven, but setting your affection on the things on earth means living for the praise of [sinful] men. What are you truly living for? Are you living for the praise of men or the commendation of heaven?
As you go into today, remember that life should be about pleasing God. If you’re focused on getting God’s commendation, you cannot be focused on getting men’s commendation at the same time. As you focus on pleasing God, your light will so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your father in heaven (see Matthew 5:16).
Prayer: Lord, help me always remember that life should be about pleasing you. Help me please you in all things and be fruitful in every good work
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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