Here’s a question for you to ask yourself today: when you have time for your mind to wander, where does it usually go? Granted, most of lead pretty busy lives these days. Between work and family pressures, most of us have more than enough to keep ourselves busy. Even still, most of us truly do have some downtime pretty much every day which at least allows us time for our minds to wander, if not engage in hobbies or other such activities. And in those moments of free-time, where does your mind or energy go?
Colossians 3:1 offers a good reminder for us today. It reads, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” The word “if” at the start of this passage could also be translated “since”. So Paul is saying that since you have been saved, i.e. risen with Christ, now seek those things were are above. Or we could use the phrase to “set our heart on things above.” Our heart is our center of emotions and involves our mind and will. The admonition is for us to set our focus, emotions and mental attention on things of spiritual value, not just the fleeting things of this life.
So going back to our initial question, what do we think about when we have the time to allow our minds to wander? How much do we even think about spiritual matters, much less use our time and energy for anything of real value? Ephesians 5 encourages us to “redeem the time” or make the most of the time God has given us. I’m certainly not advocating that we shouldn’t have any hobbies or interests outside of spiritual matters but for many of us the temporal matters of this life steal too much of our time and energy. May we be reminded today to make the most of our remaining time on this earth and focus our attention on things which really truly matter.