“SOMETHING WORTH GOING AFTER”
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)
Paul exhorted the Christians at Colosse to seek the things which are heavenly. What kinds of things? The text does not say, but it is apparent that Paul felt these believers knew he was referring to heavenly blessings which were theirs because they belonged to God. Salvation grants every believer with certain privileges. We might call these privileges “the believers’ rights”; the right to fellowship with God; the right to study and understand Scripture; the right to experience resurrection power; the right to make our prayers and petitions to God and have them answered according to His will; and so many other blessings we should pursue daily. These rights are our heritage; they are ours because we are children of God. Perhaps this was Paul’s challenge, to seek after the heavenly gifts that God has granted us.
The word “seek” implies that effort will be required. Salvation is free, you did not seek it. “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). God has provided many blessings for us; but to claim them, we will have to give of ourselves. What kind of effort is required? Again, the passage does not say, but a reasonable list can be created with a little thought, especially because we have been told that they are heavenly or spiritual “things”. Time will likely be required. Time to pray, Paul says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). Time to worship, time to seek the things God wants us to have. Consistency may also be required. While many Christians tend to be up and down; Our heavenly Father is more interested in the steady walk of His children. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14). God might also desire fervency. Christians need more than a passing curiosity for the things of God to receive His blessing. They need a passionate determination that will not stop until the goal has been achieved and we are exactly where God wants us to be.
The bottom line is that God offers us the best of Heaven, but we must want it enough to go get it. Will you be the one who “seeks” those things which are above? Never get too comfortable nor complacent with earthly things…they don’t last!
Pastor H. Preston Parker