Colossians 3:1–11 (ESV)
Put On the New Self
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on
earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from
your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of
its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Our good friend, TV Evangelist Joel Osteen, really blows this passage… BIG TIME! Joel writes:
“It’s important that you program your mind for success. That won’t happen automatically. Each day, you must choose to live with an attitude that expects good things to happen to you. The Bible says, “Set your mind and keep
it set on the higher things.”1 When you get up in the morning, the first thing you should do is set your mind in the right direction. Say something such as “This is going to be a great day. God is guiding and directing my steps. His favor is surrounding
me. Goodness and mercy are following me. I’m excited about today!” Start your day with faith and expectancy, and then go out anticipating good things. Expect circumstances to change in your favor. Expect people to go out of their way to help you.
Expect to be at the right place at the right time.” [Osteen, Joel. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential (p. 13). FaithWords. Kindle Edition.]
Joel Osteen is talking about life here on Earth, and his Bible passage he quotes “Set your mind and keep it set on the higher things” leaves out a crucial part of the verse.
Here is how the verse should read: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” He left out “not on things that are on earth.” Joel is talking about Earthly things and success. The Bible
is talking about heaven. Come on Joel… read the passage! I take serious Joel’s title to his book “Your Best Life Now.” I hope not! I hope for My Best Life to Come! If my best life is now, then I’m going
to hell… but heaven is my future!
I pray: O Lord, through your Son’s life, death, and resurrection, my best life is yet to come. When
I am in your Kingdom that is stained with sin from the Fall. Where I will see you face to face. I give thanks and look forward to seeing you in heaven. Amen.