“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” – Col 3:2 (NIV).
There is a type of house construction more common in the US and other places there. Most houses have basement floors, which are lower units. The basement are sort of reserve quarters, not considered the central part of the main house.
Now when you are in a basement you are most likely to stay focused on the main upper floor house because that is where you all belong, and you are only down temporary. Dinner takes place in the upper part of the house. The basement, which has less light, as it is below, can sometimes also serve as a confinement for conviction of certain offense.
So is our earthly lives. We are in the basement floor but the real house where as believers we belong is heaven. In the basement we can all be taken up by our present location and forget there is another part of the house where we can be called up anytime. The Apostle Paul in today’s verse is telling us not to be preoccupied with this temporary locale.
If you are so taken up by a temporary location you can find yourself obsessed with it. Wars take place because people are fighting for territorial control while down here. Yet our stay is only temporary and specific for a time. This is why we ought to stay focused on “things above”! For as it is written, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:12)
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I am not taken up by my present saroundings but ever stay focused on things above, that matter above all, this I pray in Jesus’s name.