SET OUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS THAT ARE ON EARTH
(A biblical refection on EASTER SUNDAY [YEAR A], 16 April 2017)
One of the various readings at the Easter Sunday: Colossians 3:1-4
The Scripture Text
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
O, how easy it is to lift our eyes to heaven today! Jesus is risen! He has defeated death, conquered the devil, and disarmed sin! Heaven’s gates have been opened wide for us! Now baptized into Christ, we can share in His victory and walk in our freedom.
Truly, we all should rejoice today, but what about tomorrow? How can we hold on to our Easter joy? Let’s be realistic. We should expect “bumps” in our daily path. Days will come when our minds will seem like a battlefield of temptation and anxiety. But these bumps don’t have to rob us of our inheritance. Grounded in the knowledge that we “have been raised with Christ” (Colossians 3:1), we can face the battle directly, and overcome!
Imagine that a co-worker or friend hurts any of us in some way. What will we do? It would be easy to feel deflated, angry, or defensive. But remember that Jesus has raised each and every one of us up with Him. If we keep filling our minds with the truths of God’s love – both for us and for the other person – there will be no room left for resentment or revenge.
Perhaps we feel that the demands for our times are overwhelming. Still, make time for prayer. When we take our eyes off everything we have to do and contemplate heaven instead, we’ll find ourselves better able to keep our tasks in perspective. We may even become more efficient!
Let’s resolve now to let our Easter celebration take deep root in our lives. As the Holy Spirit fills our minds with the reality of what happened on the first Easter Sunday, we will become a “heavenly minded” people, strong, peaceful, and hopeful no matter what our circumstances. We will become living witnesses to the power of the resurrection.
Prayer: Lord Jesus I praise You on the Easter day! You have risen from the dead and overcome sin and death! You have opened heaven for me! I rejoice with all the heavenly host for all You have done! Amen.
Jakarta, 14 April 2017 [GOOD FRIDAY]
A Christian Pilgrim