Sermon par le Dr Ron Meyers
Seek (Focus on) the (Invisible) things above
Colossians 3:1-4 “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. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory.”
1. NOT ALL CAN DO THIS, BUT THE RAISED CAN
The permanent, eternal, invisible, valuable things that are worth seeking are on a higher level than natural man can understand or appreciate. We have been lifted to a higher level and made able to see what is really more real than the visible reality we see with our natural eyes.
2. GOD IS THERE, ALL WISE, POWERFUL & GOOD
What is in the visible and really real world? There is God. Who is God? What is He like? All Good, All Wise, All Powerful What is is best.
3. JESUS IS THERE REPRESENTING US
Prayer is one of the good works—possible the best good work—that we can do. It is possible because Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us and allowing us to address the Father by using His name.
If we are to seek the things that are “above,” this expression is surely a tacit acknowledgment that we are now “below.” Yet, from here below we have representation above. We can reach above. We can touch the powers that be above.
4. NOT ON (COMPETITIVE) EARTHY THINGS
Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,”
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or anything in the world.”
5. YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN, INVISIBLE
When you look in the mirror you only see the physical, temporary, outward and material appearance of part of your body.
1 John 3:2 “when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
Some day these hidden, unknown and unknowable things, mysteries, answers to our questions will all be understood—made visible. This leads us to the final part . . .
6. YOU WILL APPEAR
When the visible and temporary things have all disappeared, earthly fortunes are gone, and the material world is burned up in fire, “You also will appear with Him.”
Conclusion: The day will come when we will be very glad that we learned to seek the things above.
God retracts neither free will nor our responsibility in it. “God is in control” sometimes incorrectly implies that He, not we, is responsible for evil we produced.