January 15 – Colossians 3:1-4

Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February,  when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Colossians 3:1-4

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

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. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

SOAP Note

Battle in My Mind | Shiree King

Scripture

Colossians 3:2

Observation

As believers in Jesus, we are to seek the things of God that are “higher” than us – that are eternal – that may require a different perspective.  The Greek word used for “set” in this verse means “to seek after, strive for, be intent on.”  It is not a “passive” verb.  Thinking about godly, eternal things does not just happen by accident, but it must be an active choice. To “set my mind on things above” is to look at life from God’s perspective and to seek after what He desires.

Application

The battle in my mind is something I’ve thought a lot about this week.  Yes, it is really a war!  In order to win this battle, I need to fight my fleshly desire to be lazy with my thoughts and walk through my days with minimal effort.  I know that’s a recipe for failure!  Instead, I should meditate on scriptures that remind me how to think, such as Philippians 4:8 (think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy), 2 Corinthians 10:5 (take every thought captive), and Romans 12:2 (renew my mind so I can test and approve God’s will for me).

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for Your love and care and Your reminder to actively seek You in my thought life.  Please forgive me for allowing myself to be lazy with my thoughts.  Please remind me this week to actively seek after what You desire for me and to look at my life from Your perspective. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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