If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
The great gift we have received in forgiveness of sins through Jesus’ death on the cross is a compelling force in the lives of those who truly receive and embrace it. Sadly, however, there are churches full of people who are, practically speaking, just waiting to die. Their faith is summarized by the goal of making sure they don’t go to hell but make it into heaven. This kind of mentality creates spiritual laziness in people who say they trust in Jesus. Since they believe the end is taken care of, the way they live doesn’t matter all that much. But salvation in Christ not only secures us in this life but also moves us into action in the present.
That type of action is not salvific, nor does it earn us greater favor with God, as if somehow in our own merit and abilities we could. To be certain, there are those who spend their lives trying harder and harder to fix themselves—what an impossible task! We can’t work hard enough or fix ourselves, and such thinking directly contradicts the gospel of grace.
So what does it look like then to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God”? Rather than doing nothing or attempting to earn God’s love through our effort, we embrace the gospel. Christ is seated at the right hand of God; we are not. We are raised to new life, and we fix our eyes and lives on Him as we wait for the day we’ll stand before Him. This causes sin to lose its grip on our hearts as God becomes a greater and greater source of delight than the things below.
• What does it mean to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God”? In contrast, what does it mean to set your mind on what is on the earth? What are some examples of each?
• In what situation do you need to “seek the things that are above”?
• Thank God for sending Jesus to make you new. Ask Him to help you take deliberate steps both to put sin to death and to delight deeply in Christ this week. Ask Him to help you put your hope fully in Christ and what He has done rather than in yourself.