Take a moment today to look up at the sky. What do you see? Puffy clouds scattered across the blue vastness? Twinkly stars shining through a dark night? A bright sun bursting through your windows or an equally bright moon glowing in the night sky? Tall tree branches arching over your house? White specks of snow dancing in the air?
God created all of this with the work of His hands. He set everything in its place, as He pleased. Yet in the greatness of everything He made, God chose us—mere mortals and human beings—to be made in His image. He crowned us with glory and honor and gave us charge of everything He made.
His majestic name fills the earth, and He invited us into His glory. What an honor and a privilege.
But we may not see that reality today. Rather, we may feel the very opposite—like this world is dominating us. We’re being swallowed up by illnesses without cure. Damaged by addictions and broken relationships. Taken advantage of by co-workers or friends. And swayed by the trends of culture today.
Just as Jesus experienced broken humanity for a while, we will only have to experience sin a little while longer as well. Jesus has suffered death for us already, so we won’t have to. And He is now “crowned with glory and honor”—promising to do the same for all who put their faith in Him.
This is our promise and our future reality. When things get tough and it’s hard to grasp this truth, Scripture gives us the course of action to take — “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Col. 3:2). Keep your eyes fixed to the heavens above; Jesus will not disappoint you.
- In what ways can you practically set your mind on things above and not on earthly things?
- Commit Colossians 3:2 to memory, so you can preach to yourself and encourage your soul when your earthly circumstances get tough: “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2 You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
7 the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
A Warning against Drifting Away
1 So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. 2 For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. 3 So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? 4 And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Jesus, the Man
5 And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. 6 For in one place the Scriptures say,
“What are mere mortals that you should think about them,
or a son of man that you should care for him?
7 Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
8 You gave them authority over all things.”
Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. 9 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.