In the prior chapter, Paul warned the Colossians about being deceived with worldly philosophies and the doctrines of man. In our passage today, he commands the mindset that we should establish in order to stand strong against any line of thought or doctrine that diminishes Christ. He first tells us that we are to “seek those things which are above.” Seek means “to go in search or quest of,” therefore we need to actively put forth the effort to search and know the ways of God and His truth. If we are bombarded day in and day out by the ways and enticements of the world without us actively seeking fellowship with God, we are not going to advance in our walk with Him. We must fight to set aside time of devotion, prayer, and study of His word so that we can have a steady, daily dose of His truth in our lives.
Secondly, we are to set our mind on “those things above.” The picture here is a choice of the foundation on which we are going to place our minds. Rather than choosing the decaying foundation of the world, we are to place our mind on the solid foundation of the things of God.
Lord, empower us by your Spirit to actively seek you day in and day out, and may we renew our minds so that they are built upon the foundation of your truths.