When a flag is raised the eyes are lifted upward. When a balloon is released the eyes are drawn up with it until it drifts from sight. When an airplane lifts off the eyes are lifted with it. What is up is that which causes the focus to go up from the earth. Where goes our focus?
Writing to the church at Colossae, Paul exhorted. . .
“(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. (2)Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV)
As Jesus walked this earth, eyes turned to Him as He touched lives in both physical and spiritual ways. While the eyes of some were lifted to loftier views through witnessing His power (i.e. John 9:32-33) and hearing His teaching (i.e. Matthew 7:28-29; John 7:46), the focus of others remained on earthly things. (i.e. John 11:47-48) Jesus was then raised up on the cross to provide eternal forgiveness by His blood. He then rose up from the tomb. Then the disciples witnessed the Lord’s ascension to Heaven and their eyes and minds were lifted above as well. (Acts 1:9-11)
Though many today remain with an earthly focus (i.e. Colossians 3:5), are we continuing to look up? Having been raised with Christ through the waters of baptism (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:3-4) and acknowledging He being enthroned in Heaven as Sovereign over all (Ephesians 1:20-21), may our eyes remain lifted abovemerely this temporary sphere to the eternal of which He went to prepare for us. (John 14:2-3) Be encouraged that regardless of what goes on in this realm, in Christ everything is looking up (i.e. Romans 8:31-39) because of the eternal hope we have in Him!
Have a great day WITH A BRIGHTER OUTLOOK BASED ON THIS UPLOOK!