There is a lot going on in this passage, so we are going to focus in on the first couple of verses. Paul is transitioning to a period of addressing the Colossians about how they are to live in a manner pleasing to the Lord. This chapter starts with Paul calling out Christ followers—people who know Jesus and have new life through Him. He tells Christ followers to seek the things above. Paul is referring to the truth that the world is broken and deceitful. So as someone who knows Jesus we should not be focused on what will have no benefit for our life. Yet we do it every day. We see the temporal things that will fade and not have any eternal impact and for one reason or another we allow those things to consume our attention.
Paul is directing believers to pursue a deeper knowledge and understanding of Jesus rather than the worldly things that have no value. Paul goes on to remind us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. Which means that Jesus is in a position of authority that allows Him to intercede on our behalf. So the question that I ask myself is “why on earth am I so focused on things of this earth instead of the things above?” Just as Paul is telling the Colossians to examine this in their life, we as Christ followers also need to take this truth and examine our life and see if we are truly focused on things that are above.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate