“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above… Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
The world, though beautiful, is a dangerous place for a follower of Christ. Each person called to Christ must daily traverse the mine field of life, avoiding the landmines of immorality and sin. Anyone who has been blessed to raise children, recognize it is their job to walk with their children through this mind field.
Generally speaking, a parent endeavors to shield a child from the harsh realities of the fallen world. The parent will regulate the child’s television and internet habits. One might even limit the child’s social circle. All this in an attempt to protect safeguard the young from the callousness, fallen world. To sidestep the snare and traps found in the world.
As another school year has come to a close, the reality has set in for many that a children and youth whom they love is inching closer to adulthood. Graduates are going out into the adult world and the young are yet another year closer to taking their place in the world. For Christ-followers, with this comes the awareness that fallen world will assault the faith of the ones whom they love. For many, this is a frightening thought. So, what are we to say to those who coming of age and to those who see this coming all-to-soon?
Be who you are. The primary weapon of the ungodly is deceit. The landmines in life are camouflaged. They masquerade as innocent things but in reality they bring death. In the third chapter of Colossians, Paul urges his readers to focus on that which is of Christ. As Christians, it is only proper seek that which is of God. It is the task every Christian from the very young to the aged to put to death what is earthly and to put on that which is of Christ. If we are Christian then we out to be Christian!