During 2020, we will make many decisions. These decisions will influence our daily living for the remainder of our lives. Is it not best to prudently plan for upcoming options as best we can, so we will not be locked into a reactionary mode? Not that we can’t change, but decisions made without due diligence often pushes us deep into worldly expectations, which may keep us from serving God. In fact, no choice is more important than the decision as to whether we will serve God or the world. The apostle Paul, advocating the eternal significance of a spirit of obedience, penned “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).
Because these brethren had chosen Jesus, the Way of Life, by being immersed into Christ, Galatians 3:27, Paul called upon them to put to death their “…members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Cols. 3:5-7). Failure to do so would bring the wrath of God upon them.
Before becoming Christians, we once walked in foolish worldly ways, but we have been called to put off contrary behavior and dress ourselves in spiritual attire. Traits of the world, such as “…anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy language” (Col. 3:8-10), must be dismissed. We must not lie to one another, nor continue any of the old man deeds, for we have been born again to a new and better way of living in Christ Jesus.
Relying only on Him, Saints are able to make spiritual decisions consistent with the will of God. Learners will continue to grow in Him when they “…let the word of Christ dwell in them richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col.3:16-17). Clinging to God’s word in all aspects of daily living is crucial for the final destination of our soul is at stake.
Have you set your mind on Heavenly things? If you have longed for God and obeyed Him, you will reap glory in the Day of Judgment.
What place have you reserved for God in 2020?