Heaven Week: Driving the Mental Herd

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

It’s heaven week on the daily devo. This week, we’re going to ask, “What’s so great about heaven, anyway?” We start in Colossians with a couple of the most overlooked commands in the New Testament. These are powerful commands because they tell us huge things about God and about ourselves.

stones_350First, we learn that God does not just care what we do; he cares what we feel and think about. Second, we learn that we have the power to “set” our emotions and thoughts on whatever we choose. You can control your feelings instead of being run over by them. You can choose where your mind lingers.

Think of yourself as a cowboy and your thoughts and emotions as hundreds of cattle. Where should you be driving those little doggies? Toward “things above,” the verse says. Think about – feel about – what goes on above your daily life on earth. Round up all those stray thoughts and surging emotions and drive them in the direction of “heaven stuff.”

Why? Tune in tomorrow.

Think: Estimate about what percentage of your waking hours you spend with your heart and mind set on “things above.”

Pray: Ask God to make you hungrier for heaven this week.

Do: Make a little list of the top 5 “earthly things” you tend to think and feel about most.