“You are what you behold.”*
A friend made this comment recently and it has filled my mind with questions and wonderings. At Global Disciples, we hear and share many stories of God’s goodness, provision, acts of mercy and how He draw to Himself those from among the nations who will be part of His eternal kingdom.
As I work day-to-day and contemplate what He is doing, each day has its own set of victories and struggles. Opportunities to shout “Hallelujah, thank you, Lord Jesus,” and times to struggle amongst pain, difficulty, and unmet expectations.
The result is that I find myself at times torn in choosing what to spend my energy and focus on, often dwelling on and wrestling with the difficulties. Certainly, this is part of life and the Christ-like believer will have moments, times, or seasons when pain and struggle are apparent. But if this is the day-to-day, unchanging reality of life, does this bold statement give me pause?
“You are what you behold.”
If pain and struggle are the primary thoughts on my mind, and nothing changes, then what am I truly beholding?
Colossians 3 is a dynamic passage that deeply speaks to this idea. Paul begins in verses 1 and 2 with setting the stage:
“Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (NASB, emphasis added)
Twice Paul gives us specific direction about how we should frame our mental approach to life. The approach is to consider the eternal, the good, that which God is accomplishing. When we do this, there is a tangible result that is described in verses 12-16:
“…a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another… Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (NASB).
Again, Paul reminds and admonishes us to let the peace and word of Christ dwell in us richly.
It is here that, in beholding the Word, we are transformed into the image of Christ and we find comfort, solace, peace, and rest in knowing we are in God’s hands.
–John McGee, VP Partner Relations
*“You are what you behold”, from Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung