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.
— Colossians 3:1,2, NIV
If we have been dwelling upon things seen and temporal, let us turn our attention to the things unseen and eternal. Let us not wait for a revival in the church, or for special conviction; but, realizing our need, and knowing that all heaven is at our command, let us now yield our hearts to God.
Our Heavenly Father has valued us at the price of Jesus, and, having been bought at such a cost, what right have we to spend our God-given capabilities in the service of the world and sin? What right have we to fritter away our time, to use our talents in aiding the work of the powers of darkness? “Set your affections on things above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
At morning, noon, and night we should meditate upon the goodness and love of God, that we may know God; for this is life eternal. The Father has given the best gift, the greatest treasure of heaven, to us, and we are of value to God, and should render praise to him.
Jesus encourages us to present his merit at the throne. He says, “If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Oh, educate the soul to believe the promises of God.
We should lay hold upon God with all our strength, and love him with undivided heart. Do not look to see what others are doing, but be yourself a copartner with him, a laborer together with God, a partaker of the divine nature. We are to consecrate ourselves to God, to help others, to surround ourselves with a fragrant atmosphere.
We can have but a short lifetime here, but the life to come is eternal. We may attain unto this through daily consecration of ourselves to God, through the aid of the Holy Spirit… Let us come to the throne of infinite love, and there wait and watch to see the fulfillment of the promises of God. Make your appeal to heaven, knowing that what God hath said he will do, and will make his light shine through you to others.
— Signs of the Times, January 16, 1893
Dear Lord, forgive me for dwelling on the things of this earth that will soon pass away. I praise You for the gift of Your dear Son and set my affections on Him who sits in the heavenly places. I consecrate my life to You and want to be a help to others. I lay hold of Your strength seeking to be a laborer together with Christ. I come to Your throne of infinite love and claim Your promise that Your light may shine through me to others.