“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.” (NKJV)
We spend time with the people we love, and we spend time doing the things we love. Such endeavors frequently require patience. This is certainly the case in our relationship with God. The process of getting to know him takes time and patience.
A lot of things cry for our attention. However, most of these distractions are temporal; they are in the process of perishing. KingdomNomics thinkers focus on the eternal:
“…We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NKJV)
We want to make sure our heart is directed into the love of God—into his values and his purposes.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1–4, NKJV)
Focus on the words “seek,” “set,” “died,” “your life hidden,” and “Christ who is our life.”
As we seek the things above and set our minds on those things, there is an increasing “gravitational pull” toward Christ himself as we “pull away” from the world, realizing our lives ultimately will be swallowed by the immortal life of Christ.
In fact, as we practice KingdomNomics in the power of the Spirit, more and more of our life will be hidden in Christ. We look forward to that time when we will appear with him in glory.
We need to remember the Father and Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3, NIV)
Here is the source of wisdom and the treasures of life. If only we, and the rest of the world, would spend time with the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
Today, ask yourself:
If someone were examine my life today, what would they say I have my mind set on, and what am I seeking as the first priority of my life?
Where does this command of Jesus fit into my life: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV)