As you look around at our culture, what are some of the things that people are seeking after in order to experience a fulfilling life? How would you complete the statement, “Life for me is _______________!” Someone has said, “Life is what you are alive to.” What would your friends and family say you are most “alive” to?
If you have trusted Jesus Christ, what do you think it practically looks like in your daily life to seek and set your mind on “things above”? Does this mean we are to be unconcerned and uninvolved with the things of this world? Is it possible to be “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good”?
The New Testament often forces us to wrestle with the tension between what is true of us in God’s eyes and the reality of our life experiences in the present. The Apostle Paul tells believers in this section that they have died with Christ and have been raised with Christ (both past tense verbs). Yet, the full glorious reality of our life in Christ is currently hidden and will only be truly seen by others (and even by us) at the return of Jesus Christ. In what way can this tension actually motivate us to live changed lives in the present? See also I John 3:1-3
The commands in this section “seek” and “set your minds” on things above let us know that genuine change in the Christina life is not automatic and will regularly require a radical reorientation of what we are living for and what is consuming our mental attention. How would you describe your current “mindset”? What steps can you take to live more in light of the reality of who you truly are in Jesus Christ?