28 FEBRUARY 2021 “LOVE NOT THE WORLD IS JESUS’ PLEA” Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 “Set your affection [mind] on things above, not on things on the earth” Colossians 3:2. This verse came to mind at a time when I was feeling down about a few things. The verse says to not set our affection or mind on things on this earth but on things above. When you ask yourself the question, where is my affection set, what comes to mind? Another question is, how do I gauge if my affections are on this earth? Do we care more about what others might think of us than of God and what is right? Is caring too much about the kind of vehicle we drive, - the clothes we wear, or who we associate with robbing our grace and contentment? Or what makes us feel stressed about life? It is possibly because our affection is not on things above. We look around and think we know about how our lives should look instead of letting our futures rest in God’s hands. We all have that fleshly tendency to want to have a “name” to be known by, but does that not feed our pride and self? Are we willing to be “pilgrims and strangers” and humbly serve God? If our affection is really set on things above, the things on earth will not hold a significant importance to us. It will not matter if we do not have the latest patterns, the nicest truck out there, the finest house, the most popularity, or the best-paying job. Having all those things does not bring true happiness. Neither do they make us any more special in God’s sight. Romans 2:11 tell us that God is not a respecter of persons. No matter how small we feel or how macho we think we are, He loves us each the same. Each of us is somebody special in His eyes. What are some ways we can set our affection on Him? When we come boldly to the throne of grace and seek His will and direction for our lives, instead of trying to figure it out on our own, would be one way, it seems to me. Our minds would be turned above as we seek His way. Another way would be to accept who we are and be happy for the little things we can do for God. If we have the mind-set that it is not all about me, we are headed in the right direction. Serving God instead of self is a very happy and rewarding life. May we each have courage to set our affection on things above as we strive to reach our heavenly goal. Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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