It's 2016 and after long weeks of relaxation and fun with our families over the holidays, we are back home and ready to start this new year off right!
Each year, I try to chose a word to focus on for the entire year. This year, I choose eternity. My husband always talks about if we choose to have an eternal outlook on life, we wouldn't be so apt to turn to the temporal world we live in for purpose and meaning. Jesus encourages and commands us to seek the things which are above and to set our minds on things that are above, not on the earth. Why? "Because you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
I decided to start studying Colossians in-depth this morning. Since it's a letter and we normally read letters in their entirety, I read the entire (really short) letter of Colossians which is written by Paul to the church at Colossae. And in chapter three, these words were penned:
"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." Col. 3:1-4
I am not my own. You are not your own. "If then you have been raised with Christ..." That says if you claim to believe and follow Jesus having been washed clean by His blood, then you ought to seek things that are above. He isn't saying if we feel like it, or if we have nothing better to do. He isn't saying after college or you get married to do this but NOW to EVERY believer.
My life shouldn't be all about me because who I am in dead and it is Christ who is alive in me! Christ isn't concerned about whether my home looks like a home right out of a magazine or if I am a size 0 or 10. He isn't concerned about whether or not we are successful or rich or perfect wives or mothers. He wants our entire hearts, all or nothing. I must stop following the world and start truly following Him.
That is what I want in 2016. I want to set my mind on eternity in all I do, say, and think about.
In my friendships and relationships with family members, those who believe and those who do not.
In my new role as a momma starting in February.
In my marriage.
In my mind when I am prone to worry.
In my heart where I am prone to wander.
In my church family relationships, women who are younger than me and older.
In the way I use my money.
In the way I eat.
In the way I spend my time.
I want my heart and mind to be set on eternity, on Christ.
I can't do it alone. Left to myself, I will fail. That's why I have stopped with silly resolutions. But this, this is through the strength of His Spirit within me. I want to know God and His heart. I want to grow in Him daily. I want to see less of me and more of Him in myself and in my daily life. I want to love like He loves.
I want to be a mom who is passionate about teaching the love of Christ to her child. I want to be a wife who constantly builds up and serves her husband because of the love she has for her Savior. I want to love the lost with a passion so deeply rooted in seeing them be saved from hell and oppression by a God who loves them mightily.
What do you want in 2016?