2-Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Notes verse 2 — The mind is a very powerful tool. It is so powerful that we may not realize it is working for or against us. One thing I have learned in my lifetime is the constant struggle of gathering and thinking of earthly things. Here in verse two we can clearly see that we must have our mind right. Meaning our focus should be strictly on being prepared for The Kingdom of God. Yet I still find myself daily desiring the things of this world. It is built into or shall I say we are hardwired to want more. This desire is both good and bad. It is bad because we are constantly accumulating more things of the world. Yet it is good because it gives us the drive and passion we need to succeed in Christ. Where is your mind today?
Colossians 3:1-17 (NIV)
1-Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2-Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3-For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4-When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5-Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6-Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7-You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8-But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9-Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10-and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11-Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12-Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13-Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14-And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15-Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16-Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17-And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.