The Proper Mindset
“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 hidden with Christ in God.”
Seek the things that are above
In the Greek text, to seek means specifically to worship. It can also be translated as to go about, desire, endeavor, or inquire. I’ll paraphrase further it as to be occupied with.
Chapter two ends with an exhortation to quit trying to make ourselves righteous by setting up rules, neglecting our bodies, and performing self-made religious duties in false humility. Paul says, “These have indeed an appearance of wisdom…but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” They make you look spiritual but can’t really help you overcome sin.
Therefore, in the endeavor to live a holy life, instead of focusing on our body and on sin itself, seek those things which are above; specifically, seek God through Christ. Worship Him. Pray to Him. Read His word. Commune with Him. Be occupied with Him.
He is your life.
In this way your life will be purified. As you set your desires toward Him, as you devote yourself to Him, as you look to Him, He transforms you by His Spirit into His image.
- 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”