Living Above

Read: Philippians 3:7-14

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1

Over the door of the little cabinet maker’s shop there hung a sign which read, “Living Above.” It was a notice to his customers that, whenever the shop was locked, he could be found in the room above.

What a blessing it is that we can “live above” our work—to have our hearts and minds far above the level of the humdrum of our daily work and duties. We may not be able to escape the boredom and frustrations that become a part of the daily grind, but our life —our real life–can be lived above them.

Does that sound like merely an “escape” from the realities of life—a flight from the difficult and sometimes irksome duties which are part of making a daily living? It could be if we fail to understand the Apostle Paul’s meaning. But this is what he wrote: “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 affections on things above…For your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Paul is asking us not to desert our work but to live above it. For a child of God this means that he will cultivate the habit periodically throughout the day returning to the “room above” for a moment’s communion with the Savior, not to get away from our work but to be strengthened with Jesus, and from our association with Him we can derive the strength and joy and inspiration to perform the duties that confront us while occupied on the “lower floor.”

That is what Paul means by “living above.” We can all cultivate this blessed habit. Let’s all spend more time with our Lord.

Savior, I long to walk Closer with Thee.
Let by Thy guiding hand, Ever to be,
Constantly near Thy side, Quickened and purified,
Living for Him who died Freely for me. Amen.