Sunday Reflection: Where We Belong
Think back to a time when you were passionate about pursuing something—a job, a cause, or even a relationship. Once you finally attained the object of your desire, was it everything you imagined? Or did it lose its luster over time, perhaps even becoming a problem in your life?
That’s what happens when our focus is on temporal things rather than eternal ones. It’s the reason Paul wrote, “Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:1-2).
We may live in the world, but as Christians, we can never fully belong to it. Yet when our perspective is rightly ordered, we are free to experience with joy the good things this world has to offer. At the same time, we must be careful not to let them take God’s place in our life—that requires trusting the Holy Spirit to help us prioritize.
Think about it
• Are you holding on to something too tightly? How can you loosen your grip and keep your interests in proper perspective?
Bible in One Year: Hosea 10-14
In Touch Daily Devotional 19 September 2021 Message. Dr. Charles F. Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.