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Set Your Mind on Things Above

In reading the writings of early Christians from the second and third centuries, we find them to be dedicated to living the teachings of Christ and the Apostles. Typically, they chose to remain poor as far as earthly possessions. They were willing to serve as martyrs and be thrown into prison or be burned at the stake or be thrown to the lions or even be crucified rather than deny their faith in Jesus. They demonstrated the attitude that this earthly life is short and temporary and not to be held onto. The apostle Paul had this attitude when it was prophesied that bad things were going to happen to him.

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)

Paul also wrote in Colossians 3:1-2, "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."

I ask you to do a self-examination. Are you seeking those things that are above or the things of this earth? Have you set your mind on things above or on things on the earth?

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Ed Anderson
(Sierra Vista, AZ)


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