Read: Colossians 3:1-4

As we wrap up this week, Colossians 3:1–4 reminds us to set our minds on things above, not earthly things. This isn’t about abandoning our daily responsibilities or living with our heads in the clouds. Instead, it’s about adjusting our focus from temporary to eternal, from self-centered to God-centered.

Consider how you go about your day. Are you primarily focused on the here and now: your responsibilities, worries, and desires? Or are you also aware of the bigger picture: God’s kingdom, purposes, and will? That’s the shift we’re talking about.

When you focus on the unseen, it puts the seen in perspective. Just like a photographer adjusts the lens to capture a clearer image, we need to adjust our spiritual lens to have a clearer view of life. God’s grace can help us make that adjustment.

James Clear writes in his book Atomic Habits, “Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.” Similarly, when our spiritual environment — our focus — becomes dominated by God’s kingdom, it shapes our behavior, leading us to live more godly and purposeful lives.

Let’s remember that our life is hidden with Christ in God. We belong to Him, and our true life will be revealed when Christ returns. In the meantime, let’s allow God’s grace to help us see beyond the temporary and live for the eternal.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What earthly things have been distracting you from focusing on God?
  2. How can you intentionally shift your focus from earthly things to things above?
  3. How can you remind yourself daily of the power of God’s grace and the eternal perspective?