Affections Above or Below?

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth.”

— Colossians 3:2

The Bible tells us that we are to believe that we have the promises of God. If God has promised it, it is as good as done and we are by faith to believe that it has come to pass; so in a very real sense, that is biblical. However, the Scripture also tells us that we are not to set our affections on things here below, but are to set our affections on things above.

I remember a young man, like so many today, whose whole life centered on a really great-looking sports car. That piece of machinery had become his idol. He did all but bow to the ground before the car or light votive candles and sprinkle a little incense on the candles in front of it. God has made us for greater things than some pile of metal. In a few years that young man’s fancy automobile will be fit for nothing but a junk pile.

God has made you an immortal soul; He has fitted you for the stars. Too many are groveling in the mud flats of materialism. Set your affections on things above— attempt great things for God. You know what? He might just give you that pile of bolts and metal. As C. S. Lewis once put it, “Aim for heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim for earth, and you get neither.” God may be pleased to give you all sorts of things, but your heart should be set on things above.

Dear Heavenly Father, set my heart on things above today. Let my treasure be on things above. Let me truly value the things of Your kingdom. I thank You for my earthly things and ask that, although I possess them, that they not possess me…