Set Your Mind On Things Above

According to the National Science Foundation, the average human ‘thinks’ around 50,000 thoughts per day. Now that is just the average mind you; some researchers estimate that humans can have closer to 70,000 thoughts each day! The mind is an incredibly wonderful and powerful thing. But in order to live a victorious Christian life, we must constantly and intentionally set our minds on the things not of this world.

“So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world…For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.” 1 Peter 1:13 & 18 NLT

In the passage above, we see Peter reveal two crucial concepts that we ought to set our minds on daily. The first, is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. You see, when we are looking in anticipation for Jesus, we will be living for Him. Dr. R.A. Torrey said this when asked about the Second Coming of Christ, “It fills my life with the most radiant optimism even under the most discouraging circumstances.”

The second thing we should daily set our minds on is the reality that as children of God, we have been brought from death to life! Verse 18 above says we have been freed from “the empty life.” Listen carefully; as a Christian, your life is not empty or meaningless. It is on purpose and for a purpose! Take encouragement from that true today, knowing wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, God has a purpose for your life.

Friends, as we walk through this season of Advent, let’s set our minds daily on things above this world. Let’s daily dwell on the glorious truth that God has provided a Savior for us! Let’s shift our focus this Christmas season to the riches we have in Christ, instead of the presents we’ll give and receive.

–James Merritt

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