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21 November 2020 – Colossians 3:1-4

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV)

Guy Waters comments on being appropriately heavenly minded:

Richard Sibbes observed many years ago that God has so created this world that His creatures live and flourish in a sphere and in an environment. Fish have their water; you and I have air to breathe. I can remember as a boy when the first images of the Voyager were starting to come back and we were seeing these crisp pictures — they seemed crisp at the time — of the outer solar system – all of these planets and all of these satellites. You know, there are dozens of them. You and I wouldn’t live for five seconds on a one of them. This planet is the place that God has crafted and adapted for our life and wellbeing. And you know, Paul is saying to you, Christian, you have a sphere where your life flourishes, and that sphere is in heaven and that sphere heaven is not a place you are not in presently, it is a place where you already are. As Sibbes puts it, “Heaven is begun here or else never begun.” And so are you heavenly minded? That’s the question the Scripture puts before you and me this evening. Not, “Have you retreated from the world monastically?” but “Is Christ first in your life — His prerogatives, His glory, His commands, His priorities, His approval? Is that reigning supremely in your life? Is it your desire to bring that to bear in the whole of your day to day living? Are you seeking Christ?” You know, that begins with the mind. It doesn’t end there, but it begins with the mind.

MEMORY WORK – Shorter Catechism Q/A 99
Q. 99. What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?
A. The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord’s prayer.

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