March 24, 2021

What Does Colossians 3:1 Mean?

What Does Colossians 3:1 Mean?

Colossians 3:1 (NIV) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

Transcript

 Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

 In chapters one and two of Colossians, Paul stressed that Christ is all sufficient as our Lord. This week, we move into the third chapter of Colossians, as Paul sets out to prove the sufficiency of Christ as our life. 

Beginning in verse one of chapter three Paul writes, “Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

You may recall in chapter two, that, as a follower of Christ, you participated with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. Paul’s saying because of this, you are now to focus on Christ alone. Seek him continuously. 

And this isn’t a mere suggestion. That word “set” as in “set your hearts on things above” is a direct command that indicates an action you take ALL the time. You don’t just occasionally focus on Christ. No, Paul is saying at every moment of the day, you set your mind on Christ who is quote seated at the right hand of the God. Paul’s quoting Psalm 110 verse one. To be seated at the right hand of God indicates a place of authority and supremacy. It’s interesting to note here, that Psalm 110 verse one is quoted 33 times in the New Testament. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: As a follower of Christ, you are commanded by God to continually keep your mind and heart focused on Christ, who is to have the place of authority and supremacy in your life. 

This means that in every conversation with someone else, you need to be seeking God’s direction on what to say. 

When you hear music on the radio, talk with God about what you hear. When you watch a movie. When you drive your car. 

When you wake up each morning. 

Every single moment, you are to be seeking God’s direction and having a conversation with him, just like you would your best friend. 

Because truth be told, Christ is your best friend. 

 Have a blessed day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.