What I learned about God:
God has an eternal perspective
“If then you have been raised with Christ,
seek the things that are above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth.
For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God
I cannot wrap my mind around eternity, much less think with an eternal perspective. There are a number of things that I never realized about these verses. For starters:
- These are commands, not a suggestions. And not only are they commands, but they require action from this girl. The ‘Seeking’ and ‘Setting’ aren’t just going to happen on their own. I’ve got to be intentional to seek and set all day every day.
- What are ‘the things that are above’? I believe that those things are the things that God has his mind on. Namely, reconciling man to himself through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. So the things that I need to be setting my mind on and seeking after are sharing the Gospel, Making disciples and becoming more like Christ as I get to know him more intimately. I am reading this little gem called “Laboring in the Harvest” by LeRoy and Randy Eims, and one quote really hits this home:
“(Satan) will get us bickering among ourselves over silly, pointless, worthless issues
while millions go to a Christless grave. He will get us spending our time on many good activities
while we leave the very best undone, involved in work that is only remotely related to the great commission of Christ–
to make known the gospel and to make disciples.”
- Lastly, the reason that I am to set my mind and seek the things above is because I have died, and my life is now hidden with God in Christ. That mean’s that Sarah ain’t callin’ the shots anymore! It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Therefore, it’s about time to start actively and consistently setting and seeking.
- The things above are in line with eternity. God’s got Eternity on his mind and on his heart. Therefore, it is foolish for me, in my humanistic nearsightedness, to get bent out of shape or worry about temporary things of this world. His eye is on the sparrow! Lord, forbid that I have my eyes so fixed on what is right before me that I disqualify myself from being useful to your service.
What I learned about Me:
I love love love sunny days. It snowed yesterday and the day was dreary, which is completely fine and fitting for snowy days. I even enjoyed the snowy day! But then, once the sun came out today, I was inexplicably, overwhelmingly and instantly happy. Overreaction? probably. Simple pleasure? absolutely. I love sunny days. Potentially more than the average person. And I’m not sorry about it, and I’m not afraid to document it:
What I learned Miscellaneously:
God can and does present Gospel opportunities in any and every situation. All too often I approach situations with lofty intentions of sharing the Gospel, and as a result I end up pushing my agenda. I am not saying that it is bad to be intentional in conversation or plan beforehand to tell someone about Jesus. However, God can and does use any and every situation. Today God provided a crazy, random transition in a conversation I was having with a friend. The funny thing is that I had been very intentional and creative with the Gospel probably 5-7 times with this girl prior to this specific conversation. In fact, today I was not planning to go there– the gospel– at all. Low and behold, one verse in Colossians caught this gal’s attention, and the rest is history. This is my God. Forever reminding me to surrender my agenda, words, efforts, good intentions and everything else to him. Only he makes things grow. His word speaks a better thing than any of my words could ever say. Lord, may I be a faithful and self-abandoned instrument for your purposes and glory.
Pictures of the week: