Where Are Your Affections?

It is not unusual today to find Christians who are frustrated and feel like they aren't getting what they should out of life. I'm not talking about occasional periods or feelings that we all must deal with while we lived in this world and fight the enemy of our soul. I'm talking about Christians who have an ongoing sense of frustration which is present more often than not.

Believe it or not, the Bible does have a solution for this predicament. Paul instructed the church and Colosse in the following way: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1-2). These two verses from Colossians hold a key for a Christian's contentment in this life. If our affections are set on things above, we won't feel like we are missing out down here. When our affections are set to please the Lord and not the world, we find there is a freedom from the attractions of this world.

It is easy to get caught in the snare of accomplishment. The problem with the snare of accomplishment is often that the measure of success is dictated by the world and others, so it is always changing and never really reachable.

Paul's instructions do not mean that a Christian shouldn't strive to accomplish things or do his or her best. The Christian's motive for accomplishment should not be the world, others, or ego, but to please the Lord. In the same chapter, Paul makes another statement which helps to clarify how Christians should handle accomplishment. "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men" (Colossians 3:23). If we set our affections of Jesus and his purpose and do what we do for him, we can have both peace and accomplishment in our lives.