I was reading from Colossians 3 this morning when the first several verses struck me. The passage is a familiar one, and probably memorized by those of you with Christian upbringings,
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. “
The author is talking about putting on the new self once we are believers. After redemption through faith, the first step in our new race starts in the mind. Similar to physical training, our heads have got to be right or we won’t make it anywhere.
The incredible part of this passage is that we’re told not to think about ourselves, or anything around us. We’re given the task of thinking on things that are above us. This is both intimidating yet incredibly freeing at the same time. If we were tasked to force our minds to think “above” we’d have no hope of doing so. What the heck does “above” even mean? But, thankfully, God defines what he means by telling us to set our minds on where He and His Son (Christ) are. Well, we know the Father and Jesus are in heaven. And we know they are there because Jesus already conquered sin and death for us (because we couldn’t). So, now we’re free to think on what Jesus done for us. Pretty cool, right?
So, what does this have to do with Sales and Marketing? For me: everything.
- First, a bright reminder that my work is not my be all end all in life. I forget this daily. I’m not defined by my work or occupation, and my work does not qualify me as an individual or a believer in Jesus.
- The work God has given for me to do is to be done in light of this passage: with my mind on things above.
- This truth affects how I execute my work and pursue my occupation with a vigorous ethic.
- Are my interactions at work a reflection of what Jesus has done for me on the cross?
- Are my decisions and style of communication informed by the truth of my eternal home?
- Is the quality of the work I am producing a reflection of what would represent a believer?
Thinking on “things above” will cause us to re-evaluate our behavior and to re-focus our purpose. Monday mornings are admittedly tough (at least for me). But, this Monday morning let your mind and attitude be informed by what God tells us is true. “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God…”(Col.3:3). Mondays aren’t about me anymore. They’re about how awesome my God is and the sacrifice he gave me on the cross.
Time to go to work.