Set Your Affections
Affection is depicted as the inner attitude of mind and seat of emotions. “It is the heart, the seat of passions as well as the mind as the seat of mental faculties.” For this literary construct intimacy shall be defined as the capacity to relate to God and people in emotionally open, vulnerable, equal, and caring ways consistently. Thus in praxis it is the act of relating to God, family, His Word, Commands, and the people of God with open, vulnerable, and non-contingent emotions for the purpose of developing deeper and deeper relationships and levels of connectivity.
Within the premise of intimacy, Colossians 3:1-3 ushers in a very important concept about the directional function and necessary psychology of it purpose. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:1-5).
Many church-goers have placed significant influence upon the doctrine of Christ, forgetting about a personal and intimate relationship with the Messiah. The Pharisees looked the part of pious religious folk, but their level of obedience was classified as filth inside an outwardly clean cup. Intimacy toward God is generated internally, secondarily impacting the external.
Through examining Colossians 3:2 the essence of setting affection must be proclaimed. From Genesis through Revelation God has required the first of all that we have to offer Him. God gave up His first and only begotten Son, required first-fruits, first of the corn, first of the oil, first of money, first of cattle, a seeking of the Kingdom/righteousness first, etc. An element that is often forgotten is the fact that God also wants the first of your thoughts. The Bible states in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God wants the thoughts of His children focused on Him. All people will have days of worry and anxiety, but intimacy with God stipulates that one will not allow the cares of life to throw out of balance, mental affection for God. Thus, do not get caught, placing more emphasis on what you cannot do and fears, instead, focus on God and His power to deliver and generate peace.
Because of the love of God, Remember who you are and reflectively redeem the time through intimacy with Christ and His Word. You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!