Where are Your Affections At?Bro. David Chancellor
11/26/2006 11:00 AM
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.
If you have risen with Christ, then you ought to be seeking things where Christ is at. We want our affections to be set in the right place. To know where your affections are, ask yourself, "What am I passionate about?" Think about what your life revolves around. That is where your affections are at. Are they where they should be?
There are many things people give themselves to that aren’t heavenly things. Some people give all their time and energy to their job. You can enjoy your job, but not have it as your central focus. Our central focus should be Jesus. When you invest your affections, time and energy into the things of God, you’re laying up treasures where they will last. Set your affections on the things of Christ. Consider God’s plan and purpose for you and your life.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Jesus’ thoughts were already on "things above," at twelve years old. He was already interested. You don’t have to be old to start setting your affections on God. Jesus went home and obeyed his parents, but his affections were on God’s purpose for his life.
There shouldn’t be anything in our lives that we enjoy so much that it will endanger our walk with God. If God says, "Let it go," we need to let it go. Our affections shouldn’t be on the temporary things, whether they’re things or people. If we will keep everything second to God, everything will fall into place as it should.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
"…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Tribulation is trouble. If you haven’t given God all your heart, you’re still in trouble. We’ve traded trouble for clean lives. Trying to have religion and have the world at the same time makes for a miserable life.
These are full-time Christians. You can’t be a part-time Christian. What we do in our physical being should be what God wants done. We should give ourselves to serving God all the time – day and night. Paul labored day and night for the gospel because that is what he loved. It should be the same for us. Keep God first in your life.
2 Timothy 4:9-11
Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Demas forsook Paul because his affections went to something else. This is why we need our affections set above. If you don’t have your affections set on God, something will pull you away. It pays to keep God first. You can be sure the road will lead to what is best when you keep your focus on God. That is the only way that is lasting. We need our affections set on God.
There are consequences when you get your eye off the goal. There is no guarantee that if you do take your eye off of the goal that you’ll ever get back. Keep your eye on the goal.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
The grace of God is there for everyone. You won’t succeed at what verse 12 talks about until your heart is set on God. The things you love will draw you away.
We can do good for others. We enjoy those things, but our focus is still on God. God wants to give you a meaningful and purposeful life. Let God be the love of your life. Become passionate about heavenly things. Stay in the center of the will of God and you’ll be blessed.