Colossians 3:1, 2: If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
We are born with an insatiable appetite for the things of earth. From the very beginning, our lives revolve around our needs for food, comfort, pleasure and security. But when we are born anew, there is a different dynamic that enters our lives and we find that we are drawn to things higher than our own material needs.
In this passage Paul challenges us to develop a whole new value system. He wants us to change our focus from this world to the “real” world—the world of heaven, the world of the spirit.
It’s a lifelong process, this growing closer to heaven and farther from the world. It is something that we must learn for ourselves even as we’re teaching it to our children. And it’s not easy. Every day, and sometimes every hour we’re bombarded with worldly messages from our friends, our jobs, advertising, even our entertainments, that pull our minds powerfully in a worldly direction. Where is the time and energy to be heavenly minded when we’re surrounded by such worldly world?
God’s truth is more powerful than the world’s lies. But we must make the effort to feed that truth into our minds on a regular basis or the lies of the world will dominate our thoughts and we will find ourselves regularly thinking, acting, believing and relating with worldly attitudes.
Our flesh will never get spiritual. Therefore, we have to make a positive effort to overcome it by filling our minds with Scripture. It won’t happen for us by accident.
And it won’t happen by accident for our children, either.
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Play them at nap-time, bedtime and while riding in the car. Your kids will learn more Scripture effortlessly than you can on purpose.