When I read this it made me think of the word focus. When we focus on something we have determination to get it done or learn it and that is why we “set our sights on the realities of Heaven.” We can have a life that is full of joy and peace because of what Jesus did. Are we going to focus on that which is in heaven and bring that joy to earth so people can see why Jesus is our Lord? When we “believe” in Jesus we need to let it penetrate our heart and shift our focus off of what we knew before and fix it on what we can learn now.
Paul says in Colossians chapter 3 verses 7-8, “You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.” When our heart is transforming we need to start changing and realize no matter how good we were before it doesn’t matter because we are new now and have a purpose. Verse 10 says, “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.” Not only do we study God’s word to understand God’s will we actually change our lives to resemble Christ, acting just like Him.
What a difference thought process. Some think we just accept Christ and then we can continue living our old lives, but we can’t, no matter how good we believe we were. Verse 11 says, “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.” We have to stop fighting for control and let the Spirit inside develop and lead us to change.
Believing is the first step, and when our change begins we then need to mature and continue to understand our goal is to be like Christ not ourselves. We need to embrace what we believe and belong to Christ then set our sights on Him working hard to be different than we were. Amen