Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. -Colossians 3:2
Do you ever have those days when you just want to throw your hands in the air, sigh in exasperation, and run away to hide for a while? It seems like you’ve been pushing and pushing, but you remain stagnant. Life is so big and you are so small. There is so much to do in the World and you haven’t even scratched the surface. Nothing is falling into place as easily as you expected and all of the pieces are taking so much work. Emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and even social energy…you’re completely tapped out.
Here’s the thing: it’s not just about where you are now.
We see with human eyes and we are surrounded by the human world, so it’s easy to forget that there is more. But Paul, in this passage, reminds us that there is so much more. We are, at the moment, existing as perishable, dishonorable, weak, natural bodies (vs. 42-43). Rest assured, though, you shall be more.
The darkness that seems to overtake you in this moment is not an eternal darkness. Christ shall overcome this darkness. In fact, He has already overcome the darkness!
That’s why we are called to live as children of the light. God calls us to do and be more, despite our human weariness. But He doesn’t call us and then leave us high and dry. He gives us a reason to remain in Him, fighting towards His will: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (vs. 58).
Surely I am not the only one who gets overwhelmed by earthly needs and wants. Throughout scripture, we are reminded that there is more. How does your life change when you keep these things in mind? (Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15, Ephesians 6:12, Philippians 3:20-21…)
In the moments of exasperation when you’re tired of the work, remember that God has called us to be at work (Colossians 3:23, Proverbs 12:11, Romans 12:11-12, Philippians 2:14…).
How does your outlook change when you understand that you are experiencing what God had in mind? Or…do you need to reevaluate your work to ensure you are, in fact, doing what God had in mind?