"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." (Colossians 3:1-4.)


      While the set of the sail determines the di­rection of the ship it is even more true that the set of mind determines the direction of life. Your mind must give your life a heavenly direc­tion. "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Eat and drink! he says to you, but his heart is not with you." (Proverbs 23:7.)


      SET YOUR MIND ON HEAVEN. "The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the pro­duce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 30:9-10.)


      SET YOUR MIND ON CHRIST. Christ is your life. To enter Christ and His service we must die to self and become like Jesus, our per­fect example. The world makes us alive to sin but dead to God. Christ makes us alive to God but dead to sin. Happiness and lasting joy comes from making Christ your life.


      Will you not accept God's wonderful news that Christ died for your sins and be baptized for the remission of sins? A person has not been united with Christ until he is baptized in the likeness of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5.)


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA