This is the heading title in my Bible for the 3rd Chapter of Colossians. In the first verses Paul says that as Christians we are to set our “hearts on things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
He goes on the say we need to cast off the sinful, immoral feelings of our old earth-bound nature and to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, patience and goodness. That is where many non-believers turn away because they see Christians not transformed, not “different”, not patient or gentle or compassionate – in other words, very hypocritical. Recently the Lord put a woman in my path who is haughty and proud, but claims to be a devoted Christian. How can that be? Her blunt, hurtful temperament rubbed my soul like sandpaper.
How easy it would be for me to look down my nose and point a finger at her. How much harder to look in the mirror and see my faults God is still chipping away at in me.
Perhaps you remember the old bumper stickers “Not perfect, just forgiven.”, or heard the phrase “God is not finished with me yet.” God gave me the gift of discernment, and I must rely on Him to show me daily how to use it, lest I too become haughty and proud. Paul ends the chapter with this- “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Vs.17
Heavenly Lord, Thank you that you are not finished with me yet. Thank you for Your forbearance and forgiveness, for Your grace and mercy towards me. Teach me daily to see others through Your eyes with compassion and kindness, patience, and above all, humility. Because we all fall short, let me see the good and show the way to Your Truth. Set my mind on things above and my heart also so I can be Your light in the darkness. I ask this all through Your Son, Jesus and proclaim it in His name. Amen.