Seek the Heavenly Treasure, New Jerusalem

Colossians 3:1-3 says we were raised together with Christ and therefore exhorts us to:

Seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

treasure New JerusalemOur seeking and setting our mind on what is above include the Jerusalem above, the heavenly Jerusalem, New Jerusalem. Because we died with Christ and we now have a heavenly life with Christ in God, Colossians also exhorts us not to set our mind on things which are on the earth.

Not setting our mind on things on the earth does not mean that we retreat to the desert to live as hermits. In Matthew 24:40-41 the Lord raptures a man working in a field and a woman grinding at a mill. These are believers taking care of necessities of their daily living. However, their mind is not set on their daily living but on the heavenly things of the Lord.

These believers are described in the second half of Matthew 6. They are people whose treasure is not on earth but in heaven causing their heart to be in heaven also (v. 19-21). They love and serve God rather than mammon (v. 24). They are not anxious about food or clothing (v. 25-31). They are seeking the kingdom and righteousness* of their heavenly Father (v. 33).

The heart of such believers is free from anxiety because of prayer and thanksgiving in fellowship with God (Philippians 4:6). By coming to God and pouring out love to Him, they are freed from earthly things, freed to seek and to treasure the Jerusalem which is heavenly and above, New Jerusalem. Lord, cause me to be this kind of believer.

* New Jerusalem is the ultimate manifestation of the kingdom of God and it is the center of the new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13).

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