Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Grant Wood is an amazing American artist best know for his painting American Gothic, but it is his landscapes I love. I grew up in the Midwest, and his idealized landscapes/farm scenes truly appeal to me. The order and simplicity he brings to his paintings shows a Utopian view of rural life. Though it is lovely.. it is not reality. It comes off a bit peculiar/ plastic
Many idealize the time, place, and life we find ourselves. The conveniences, advancements, wealth, and opportunity become gods. Though we are somewhat aware of the issues of our world, we continue on in our bubble of self importance & self sufficiency.
We idealize our role in this world. We minimize our negative impact on it. We show the world what we want them to see...important, powerful, pre-packaged perfection.
In Colossians 3:1-2, we are asked to set our hearts & minds on things above, and not on things of this earth. Our hearts and minds should be on the Lord! If they are then we'll not concern ourselves with the things of this world. Not that we should go live in a cave somewhere to avoid "THE WORLD", but that when we have our hearts & minds on Him...the things of this world do not distract us. We do not waste time trying to obtain meaningless things or approval. We do not worry about an idealized version of ourselves...because all we know to be is real...authentic. That's what "the world" needs...real people loving God...living life...making a difference for Him!
Dear Lord, thank you for loving me.
Thank you for Your Word.
Allow me to keep my heart & mind on You,
and may my life reflect those things.
May this world lose it's appeal,
but let my heart break for those trying to be like it.
May Your grace & love guide my tongue as I speak
to those you place in my path as long as I have life.
In Your Name Lord Jesus,