SET YOUR AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE
Leslie M. John
Many times when people think that their lives are best fortified the life quickly and easily ends and they leave behind their assets for some one else, not even their close ones, to enjoy. King Solomon enjoyed every kind of blessing and was happy. He acknowledges that God loves a man who is good before Him. He says all the days of a greedy man trying to earn more and more in his life are filled with sorrow, travail and grief with no rest in the night. He says God gives a man who is good in his sight wisdom, knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather up and to heap up more. He says it is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 2:22-26)
Jesus questions how does it profit man who gains the whole world and loses his own soul? What could a man give in exchange for his soul? To be rich is not sin but fraudulent gain and cheating is sin. Trying to gain riches at the cost of working for God does no good. Matthew 16:26-28 say that Jesus will reward every man according to his works. Apostle Paul also says in 2 Corinthians 5:10 that we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive rewards for working for Jesus.
It is indeed hard for a child of God to be in the world and be out of the temptations that this world brings into the lives of a believer. The life in this world for a believer in Christ is not a bed of roses. Satan is always at work. ”And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Unless a believer takes refuge in Christ and encounters Satan in the name of Jesus not even the best and strong believer would win over Satan. Believer has constant struggle against the desires of possession of wealth and not falling into lusts of this world. The wise king Solomon drifted from his good path and married many wives and had concubines.
More than his sin of being polygamist having married seven hundred wives, princesses and three hundred concubines he went after other gods namely Ashteroth, the Milcom (1 Kings 11:3 -5). God promised that Solomon’s throne will be established for ever and ever but He would chastise Solomon for his iniquity. (2 Samuel 7:13-14)
It so often bothers the mind of believer as how to clothe himself, how will he have food to eat and how will his needs be met with. Jesus asked to take a note of how the lilies of the field grow. He said they neither spin nor do they toil yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like on of them. Jesus asked to have faith that if God can clothe the grass of the field he shall clothe us too (Matthew 6:28-30)
It is, therefore, wise to do some works to gather for ourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust corrupts our wealth instead of storing up for ourselves treasures upon this earth where moth and rust corrupts and where thieves break through and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20)
Apostle Paul says if we are risen with Christ we should seek the things which are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God and not set our affection on the things on this earth.
”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)