“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3.1 NIV).
Physical baptism is a spiritual representation of what happens to us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our sinful self literally has been crucified with Christ, and a new creation has risen within Him. We are essentially tucked away in Christ, and we are now clothed in His righteousness, which gives us access to and a relationship with a holy God. We didn’t do a single thing to undergo this supernatural transformation; we simply had to confess that Jesus is Lord, recognize our sin and ask Him into our hearts. But that is only the beginning step in our walk of faith. The next step toward working that salvation into every facet of our lives is up to us. Every day on this earth until we die and enter into God’s presence in heaven, we have to choose to set our hearts on things above. We have to determine to place Jesus above all else, understanding that heaven is our true and eternal home. It is very easy to get swept away in the craziness of this life, allowing all sorts of distractions to knock our view on lesser things. But if we choose to keep our eyes on Jesus, seated as the right hand of God, the lesser things will become part of God’s greater plan. God knows that we have responsibilities that must be done on earth, and He can make even the most tedious tasks—laundry, diapers, paperwork, lawn mowing—part of His grand design to grow us and His kingdom on earth.
“If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!” (Job 11.13 NLT).