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Develop an Eternal Perspective

How much would our anxiety diminish if we developed an eternal perspective on everything that happens to us – if we looked at our problems from God’s point of view?

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).  Jesus’s followers have died with himandbeen raised with him.  This is a mind-boggling reality when contemplated and rightly understood.

This reality is what Paul exhorted Christians toseek.  We are to pursue the things that are above, where Jesus is seated.

Jesus has all power and authority over everything in the world.  All belongs to him and exists for him.  He is seated at the right hand of God, in a position of absolute control.  In this position, he not only rules the world, but regularly makes intercession for his followers (Romans 8:34).

Jesus is sitting on his throne, ruling the universe.  Even amidst a global pandemic, Jesus reigns supreme.  Right now, if you are a follower of Jesus, know that he is praying for you.  Picture him on his knees, making your requests known to the Father.

The Bible says that Christians are seated next to Jesus in heaven, right beside his throne, ruling with him (Ephesians 2:6).  What an amazing truth!  Believers in Jesus reignright now, with him, over everything that is happening in the world. 

Jesus’s followers seek a deeper knowledge of Jesus himself.  We are called to fully understand what it means to live unabashedly with and for him.  We need to seek first his kingdom and live a life that glorifies his name.

After declaring who Jesus is and our position with him, Paul then exhorted all believers to think in accordance with who we are, to view life from God’s eternal perspective: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2).

Paul wrote these poignant words as a reminder for all Christians to control their thought life.  To think like God wants us to think.  To look at life from his point of view.

Set your minds on things that are above.  It’s an imperative, not a suggestion.  Do this.  Develop an eternal perspective.  And watch your anxiety flee.

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