Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. 3 For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. Col. 3:2-4 (NLT)
We have been talking about being Centered. I was reading in Colossians 3 this morning and learned yet another way to center my life--set my heart and my mind on things above. How does this work? I live on earth. I interact with earthlings. I am dealing with real earth problems. I am not a space cadet. I want to know if this passage says for me to stick my head in the clouds and focus on mansions, streets of gold and little naked angels with harps and such and not face reality here. I think not.
Listen to the Message paraphrase, “Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. 3 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.” Col. 3:2-3 (MSG)
I am reminded that Jesus came from heaven to earth. He brought heaven to earth. Once when Jesus was centering Himself, His disciples asked Him to show them how to “Get Centered” themselves. What did He do? He taught them to pray. Prayer is when I center my heart on what is happening with Jesus. In prayer I connect with the very heart of God and get Heaven’s perspective.
What is so cool is what Jesus prayed,
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus came to earth to bring heaven to us and then He returned there to sit at the right hand of our Father. We center our hearts on heaven because Jesus is there. As we connect with Him a download takes place—Heaven’s resources are placed within me so that His heart can be expressed through me on earth. I am to bring heaven to earth. This will not happen unless I center my heart on what is happening there with the King.
May you hallow the name of your Father in heaven today.
May His Son’s Kingdom find allegiance in your heart.
May His will be done on this earth and in your life as it is in heaven.
And may you find Jesus to be your real life.