Charles Stanley (September-19-2021) Daily Devotional: Sunday Reflection: Where We Belong
Think back to a time when you were passionate about pursuing something—a job, a cause, or even a relationship. Once you finally attained the object of your desire, was it everything you imagined? Or did it lose its luster over time, perhaps even becoming a problem in your life?
That’s what happens when our focus is on temporal things rather than eternal ones. It’s the reason Paul wrote, “Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:1-2 - 1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth).
We may live in the world, but as Christians, we can never fully belong to it. Yet when our perspective is rightly ordered, we are free to experience with joy the good things this world has to offer. At the same time, we must be careful not to let them take God’s place in our life—that requires trusting the Holy Spirit to help us prioritize.
Think about it
• Are you holding on to something too tightly? How can you loosen your grip and keep your interests in proper perspective?