“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Col 3:2
As Christians, we live in troubled times where some believers have literally lost their jobs or been excluded from their studies because their beliefs were at odds with the so-called 'values' of the day.
It's persecution – there's no other word for it – and, it's something the Church of Jesus Christ has been experiencing for two thousand years. In fact, it's much worse in some parts of the world where Christians are being forced out of their towns and villages, or even killed because of their belief and faith in the Son of God. Instead of letting these events cause despondency in our hearts, this is the time to think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
We must think of Jesus, our Saviour, who died on the Cross to pay the price for our sins. We must think of the new life we have experienced since we found forgiveness at the Cross. We must think of the blessings we have received in the Holy Spirit and the freedom from sin given to us as He gives us power over sin. We must rejoice in the assurance we have been given of eternal life in heaven with Christ – the joy we experience every day already here on earth (we don't have to wait for heaven to experience heaven!) - and, that joy bubbling up inside us no matter what our circumstances are. Such is the victory God has given us that we can have joy in the midst of trouble! As we look upwards, the mountainous troubles of this world – no matter how dark and foreboding they may seem – shrink into molehills – and, stay molehills as long as we keep looking upwards.
“For the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the Cross” Heb 12:2
If our great Captain could find joy as He faced death on the Cross, then there is a way for us to find that same joy for every day of our lives here on earth in good times, bad times, happy times and sad times. Think of the things of heaven, not the things of earth – that is the secret.