Sermon on Looking Up: A Call to Seek Higher Things

 Looking Up: A Call to Seek Higher Things


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we embark on a journey of looking up, focusing our hearts and minds on the things that are above. In a world filled with distractions and temptations, it is crucial for us to seek God's kingdom and His righteousness. Let us explore what it means to look up, to seek the things that are above, and to live a life committed to Christ.

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Topic 1: Seek the Things That Are Above (Colossians 3:1)

Paul writes in Colossians 3:1, "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God." Our Christian life begins with a new birth, a new identity in Christ. To seek the things that are above means to pursue the values, purposes, and desires of God's kingdom. It is about prioritizing our relationship with Christ and allowing His reign to influence our decisions and actions.

Topic 2: The Process of Discovery (Romans 12:4-8)

In Romans 12:4-8, Paul describes the body of Christ and the various gifts bestowed upon its members. This passage highlights the process of discovery and growth in our faith. As we seek the things that are above, we discover our unique roles and contributions within the body of Christ. This process involves self-examination, humility, and a willingness to serve according to the gifts God has given us.

Topic 3: Focus on Things Above (Colossians 3:2)

Colossians 3:2 urges us to "set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." This call to focus requires commitment and constant attention. It is a deliberate choice to prioritize eternal values over temporary pleasures. Jesus' parable of the sower in Matthew 13:22 warns against the dangers of distractions, where the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. We must guard our hearts and minds against such distractions, ensuring our focus remains on Christ and His kingdom.

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Topic 4: Kill Worldliness (Colossians 3:5-11)

Paul continues in Colossians 3:5-11, calling believers to "put to death therefore what is earthly in you." This involves a decisive break from sinful behaviors and attitudes. Worldliness and ungodly desires have no place in the life of a Christian. We are called to renounce impurity, greed, anger, malice, slander, and deceit. This transformation is ongoing, as we continually renew our minds and align ourselves with the image of our Creator.

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In conclusion, looking up means seeking the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. It is a process of discovery, focusing our minds on eternal values, and committing ourselves to a life of holiness. As we kill worldliness and embrace our new identity in Christ, we become more like Him, reflecting His glory in our lives. Let us strive to live with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. May our lives be a testament to His transforming power, drawing others to the hope and salvation found in Him. 

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