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"Look Up"

February 8, 2006

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Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2

Think of the many different things on which we set our hearts. In childhood it may have been a certain kind of candy or a toy we saw in a store window. We wanted it more than anything else.

That desire for something special goes with us through life, though the object of our desire may change to clothes or houses or cars.

That's the trouble. The things we long for keep changing in importance as we move through life. What seemed important in our youth has little or no value when we grow up. What we wanted most when we were in our teens becomes irrelevant when we move into adulthood. And in the light of eternity, they all become trivial.

That's why Jesus told us to lay up treasures in heaven -- not on earth, where rust and decay make them useless. And that's why the apostle Paul tells us to set our minds on things above and not on earthly things.

Jesus has a place for us in heaven. Through His death and physical resurrection He has
freed us from the consequences of our sins. One day He will free us from all sorrow and disappointment, even from death. He wants us to be with Him forever. There's nothing more wonderful. Take time each day to treasure heaven.

PRAYER: Help us, Lord Jesus, to lift our eyes and think of heaven, where one day we will live with You forever. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Exodus 4-6    Matthew 24:29-51

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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