10th March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE
Colossians 3:1-2 (KJV)
 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.
The things which are above refer to heavenly things. We’re admonished to desire heavenly things. When we were growing up in the faith, a preacher used to say, “You are too heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly use.” I always had a discomfort in my spirit whenever I heard that statement. Of course, because it contradicted Scripture, my spirit didn’t agree with that statement.
You cannot be too heavenly minded! In fact, that is exactly what our theme Scripture admonishes us to do. When we discussed Christian baptism in water, we learnt that we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ when we go through the waters of baptism. To be raised from the medium of water during baptism is to be raised with Christ; it is also a sign of separation from the world. So, when our theme Scripture says, “If ye then be risen with Christ,” it meant, you’re separated from the world, and now seated together with Christ in the heavenly places. How can the one who is separated from the world continue to indulge in the things of the world? Do you know the things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God? As a citizen of heaven, have you searched the Scriptures to acquaint yourself with our heavenly country? How can you seek those things which are above when you don’t know anything about our heavenly citizenship?
The verse 2 of our theme Scripture says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Matthew 6:21 (KJV) says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Those who treasure their relationship with Jesus and desire to be like Him, will certainly set their affection on things above, and not on things on the earth.
Since we’re already like Jesus on the inside in our inner man, we should also desire to be like Him on the outside; we should hope for the kind of glorified body that He has. If for nothing at all, is this not good reason enough for us to seek those things which are above?