How can we as Christians continue to grow more like Jesus throughout our lives? We find one important way in Colossians 3:1-2 – If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Notice verse 2 again, “Set your minds on things that are above.” If we are going to stay on the growth track throughout life, we have to set our minds on the right things, on things that are above, wholesome things.
Every thought is a seed we sew in the fertile field of our minds. Every thought we sew will produce a crop. If we sew that thought seed enough it will produce not just a crop but a harvest, a harvest we’ll have to live with.
That means everyone is a farmer. Everyone has a field. Everyone is planting all the time. What kind of seeds are you sewing? Weeds, poison ivy, poison sumac, or wheat, oats, and barley?
I recently had a fight with poison ivy and it got infected. To tame my swollen arm I needed a combination of steroids and antibiotics. Our outlook on life can get clouded and swollen with unhealthy, toxic thoughts. If you have sewn poison ivy seeds, don’t ask why you’re not harvesting wheat, oats, and barley. We reap the mental seeds we’ve sewn.
The good news is we can choose our seed, the thoughts we set our minds on. If the devil puts a horrible thought in your mind you don’t have to dwell on it. You always have the remote control. In our house whoever has the remote is in charge. Kids fight over the remote because the want the control. Its the magic wand. You always have the remote. When devil put on something you don’t like, don’t sit there and watch it. Change the channel.
One way to do this is to take time to be thankful for what the Lord has done for you. Verbalize your thankfulness. Every good thing we have comes from him.