COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:1-4‬ ‭‬‬

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.”

Colossians‬ ‭3:1-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What are the realities of heaven? As Paul begins chapter three, he sets a mark of focus. Our responsibility as Christians is to aim for Heaven. In westernized thinking, we may easily believe that this is a statement about spirituality vs physicality. But this is untrue. According to Paul, the kingdom of heaven will one day replace the kingdom of earth. Instead the focus is on the idea of Christ and his rule. Instead we should imagine defection. We should picture a switch in citizenship wherein the original king will return to reclaim his rightful throne. In that day, changes will be made and the life we live now will no longer matter, even in mundane things. We are to live with that time in mind. We are to hopefully wait upon the coming kingdom to manifest, carefully setting up our own lives to be in line with this new order. We should be the welcoming party for his return and the stalwart ambassadors for his arrival. It is not about living spirituality. It’s about citizenship and understanding the future implications of our salvation, so that we are prepared when they come to bear.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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