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What it Really Means to Set your Affection on Things Above

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Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2

In Colossians 3:2, the words “set your affection on things above” means to place your mind and thoughts on them, to show favor towards them, and to be affectionately desirous of them.

For example, because I have affection toward my family, my thoughts are occupied with them as well.

What kind of things consume your thoughts?  If you deeply ponder the answer, you’ll know where your real affections lie.  Your affections as a wife will probably be towards your husband.  Your affections as a mother will probably be towards your children.  Your affections as a daughter will probably be towards your parents and grandparents.

It’s a good thing to love our family and friends, but beyond our loved ones, what consumes our minds most of the time?

Today, the world has many things that consume their minds…

  • Money
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • TV Programs
  • Travel
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Hair, Makeup, Beauty
  • Sports

and more..

None of these earthly things will we get to take with us to Heaven. We are certainly to enjoy the life that God’s granted us here on earth, but without setting our affections on things above, our mind, thoughts and actions will only be on the temporary things. Setting our affections on the “here and now” of what we can get out of life will profit us NOTHING in our future in Heaven.

What are the things above?

Our Heavenly Father; our Savior, Jesus Christ

Our eternal home

Our Christian loved ones, who have passed on before us.

A place of no pain, suffering, sorrow, nor tears

A place of rest and peace

A place without sin and evil

Are you beginning to see my point? 

When we start to set our affections on things above, the “here and now” hardships aren’t so dreadful… the “here and now” becomes more “temporary” in our minds.

The suffering, the sorrow, the pain, the tears… they’re temporary.

Our goals are no longer to work more for here on earth, but to please our Heavenly Father above.

Your affection as a child of God should be on things above… things eternal.  These are the things that will bring you the true joy that you seek in life.

God bless you and your family,



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    Katherine Foran

    Ok fair enough but does that mean it’s wrong for earthly things to bring us joy as well? 🙁 I mean let’s face it we women can’t help liking makeup & things that smell nice etc. I’m starting to feel like the bible is a bit of a buzz kill to be honest. 🙁

    • herChristianHome


      Katherine, that’s a good question. Thank you for stopping by to read my devotional. God created this earth for us to enjoy… there’s soooo much to enjoy!! Women especially like beautiful things… I love hair, makeup and perfume as well. I think what we need to do is enjoy things within moderation and a good balance. Many things could easily become our “idol” if we put them before God. What I invest my time and energy in the most will become where my heart’s affection and desires are most focused. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying art, such as painting a picture, but if I start to put that before reading my Bible, praying and attending the house of God then my affections are more set on the things of the world rather than on Heavenly things. The things the Bible tells us NOT to do are so that we can enjoy life MORE and not reap the harsh consequences from sin, which will rob us of joy and peace in our lives.

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    Uju Okeke

    If we have surrendered our heart to God, He controls it and directs us where and how to spend our time. It is God that works in us both to will and do His good pleasure. All we need to do is surrender completely to him and he will release his help to enable us serve him well.

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