What fills your mind? What is your obsession? Famous painter Claude Monet said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” And that is true for many of the things that preoccupy our minds, isn’t it? It brings us joy, but it also sometimes hurts us. For some of us it is money, for some of us, it is fame, and yet for others, our obsession has a name.

Do not misunderstand. Our jobs, our lives, our pursuit to provide a better life for our family and the ones we love, are noble and important endeavors which we should put effort in. But beloved, just like gamers who get caught up in their virtual world, let us not be distracted from what is truly important.

The apostle Paul charges us to,

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

But why? Is not the here and now more present and pressing than the hereafter? Surely I can worry about the hereafter, after I am done dealing with the ‘here’.

Well, beloved, understanding the truth behind the impact of where we place our priorities not only helps us understand what is truly important, it also helps us manage what is in the here and now.

This world is a transient world. Things here do not last. Anything breaks down. Everything passes away. If you only take a look at the things around you, you will realize that this is true, else, there would not be entire industries built around restoration and preservation. And we preserve just about anything and everything, don’t we; even bodies of our dearly departed, in the hope that technology can allow them to be regenerated in the future.

So if the only constant in this world is decay and passing away, then it only makes sense that we,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20

Jesus told us a story.

“The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’” Luke 12:16-19 [MSG]

Sound guiltily familiar does it not? When we receive blessings, favor and provision, we lose sight on the giver and our eyes are set on the gift.

We see this in children a lot when they receive gifts. They get blessed with their favorite toy and suddenly, everything else disappears, everyone else does not matter, it is them and their toys. And as embarrassed, parents, we holler after them, telling them to thank their benefactor. But are we not just like our children? When we got that last break, that last windfall, did we focus on the giver, or were we too preoccupied with the gift?

Beloved, we need to understand that in this transient world, nothing lasts, and if,

“Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’” Luke 12:20 [MSG]


“That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.” Luke 12:21 [MSG]

When Jesus said this, He did not say this out of jealousy. He is not jealous of your attention nor is He jealously demanding that you only think of Him and not enjoy what He has given you for your good. If that is how you used to think, please re-read that last sentence and see how silly that is.

Instead, Jesus is telling us that if we are too focused on our blessings, the next thought will be how do WE get more? But if we keep our eye on Jesus and on our loving Father, even as we enjoy the blessings that we have received, not only will we not wonder where, when and how our next blessing will come, we will KNOW that our next blessing will come from our Father when we ask. For the apostle Peter has told us,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

Our eternal inheritance has already been secured. How much more are our current needs, wants and desires already secure in Him who has given up His only begotten Son for us? Remember beloved,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

So once we understand how much Jesus and our Father has secured our eternal future, how can we not trust Him to provide for the here and now? As He has said,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

Instead all you need to do is,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

Beloved, in all that our Father has given you, work and work hard. Be a good steward, for when you are, our Father will say to you,

“‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Matthew 25:23

But let it not become your obsession. Instead fill your mind and your heart with the knowledge and love of Jesus for He has redeemed you and He has made you right with our Father; and that is really what is important.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2 [MSG]
And not only that, when we keep our eyes on Him, we will get constant shots of energy, His energy, to continue the race for the apostle Paul tells us,

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 12:1-3 [MSG]

So beloved, keep your eyes on Jesus in all that you do and you will realize that because He has finished the race for you, you only need to rest and await His provision to open to you at the appointed time when the provision will work best for your good. Fill your mind with Him, and let Him fill your life.

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