Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
Read: Colossians 3
Consider: Why is it that things that would have shocked Christians some years ago are now acceptable viewing in the cinema or on television? It is as if society’s values have anaesthetised Christians so that they no longer have their consciences pricked by things that are not representative of the Christian life. Things like profanity, blasphemy, gratuitous violence and sex have all become acceptable as things to portray in television programmes and films as representative of ‘normal’ life.
Paul, in Colossians, encourages the believers to set their hearts and minds on things above. He asks them not to set their minds on earthly things. This idea is developed further by Paul in his letter to the Philippians where he says:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
Paul was not being a spoilsport and he certainly was not being prudish. He knew the effect of negative thoughts on a person’s welfare. What he is recommending is what is in a Christian’s best interests.
The key for us as Christians today is to think seriously about what we watch and whether these things portray how God would want us to live. We must remember that what the world portrays as ‘normal’ life is not how God wants us to live.
Pray: Father, help us to protect our hearts and minds from adopting the standards of the world. May we want to live a Christlike life in everything we do. Amen