Happy New Month!
The message for today is titled “SEEK WHAT GOD DESIRES. May the Holy Spirit minister to you as you share it with your family and friends. 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” –Colossians 3 : 1-3 (NLT) 

Setting our sights on the realities of Heaven means striving to put Heaven’s priorities into daily practice. Letting Heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal.

“For you died to this life” means that we should have as little desire for improper worldly pleasures as a dead person would have. The Christian’s real home is where Christ lives. This truth provides a different perspective on our lives here on earth. To “think about the things of Heaven” means to look at life from God’s perspective and to seek what He desires. This provides the antidote for materialism; we gain the proper perspective on material goods when we take God’s view of them. It also provides the antidote of sensuality. By seeking what Christ desires, we have the power to break our obsession with pleasure and leisure activities. But it also provides the antidote  to empty religiosity because following Christ means loving and serving in this world. Regard the world around you as God does; then you will live in harmony with Him. 


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