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15th June 2014
Christians are those who have died! It says in the Bible that we have died with Christ; we have died to our old life, our sin and shame, and been buried. But salvation doesn't stop there. Colossians 3 says we also been raised with Christ. We are now seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). From this position, we are called to live in a completely different way. The cross is the gateway through which we come into a brand new kingdom – we have been repositioned, and we now live and function from this new position as citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20).
Whether we live according to this new position is intrinsically linked to the way we think and whether or not our minds have been renewed (Romans 12:2). It is so easy for us to slip into an earthly mindset – it comes naturally to us. But we are to take every thought captive and live with a new, heavenly mindset. We are called to be people who overflow with joy, mercy, compassion and love. We only do this when we think with a heavenly perspective.
We can scramble around on an earthly plain, getting stressed and anxious about earthly things. It can be like we're at the bottom of a mountain and all we can see is rough terrain, boulders, obstacles and challenges. But God has called us to the mountain top, from where we can get a clear view for miles around. From our proper place – where we are actually seated – we get an eternal, panoramic perspective. As it says in Colossians: "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (3:2)
If we want revelation in our lives, we have a responsibility to look up to heaven and align our thoughts with God's truth by dwelling on things that are above. It's repentance and ongoing decisions to think differently. Sometimes we don't need more prayer to experience more mercy or love; we need to set our minds on these things. Proverbs 23:7 says: "For as he thinks within himself, so he is." Our thoughts determine what we believe, and consequently how we live.
It's not just our thoughts that are different, but it's the way we think too. Battles are won and lost in our minds. How has your thinking changed since you came to know Jesus? Are you thinking with a heavenly perspective today? Are there practical steps you can take to gain a heavenly perspective in areas where you have previously struggled?
Listen to the preach on this subject here.
Image: Paradise on Earth by Muzaffar Bukhari
Posted by Santino Hamberis