Jeremy Taylor: Our Affections

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

“We should carry up our affections to the mansions prepared for us above, where eternity is the measure, felicity the state, angels the company, the Lamb the light, and God the inheritance and portion of His people forever.”

Jeremy Taylor in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 308.

We have had lots of snow this week. With the arrival of November, we also enter the holiday shopping season where temptations surround us and offer to sell us a seemingly endless supply of stuff.

That means it is also time to set our affections on things above, not on earthly things. Sure, we buy what we need, but let’s keep our heart’s desires on heavenly realities.

Like the character “Tris” in the Divergent movie series, we must say to ourselves, “that’s not real,” when we hear the satisfaction that products promise us in the advertisements.

The only thing and only One that satisfies and will ever satisfy our needs is the God who is our heavenly inheritance. So, let’s set our affections on things above, not on earthly things.

And let’s put God’s resources to work related to what God cares about. When we do this, our generosity will reflect Christ’s love to a broken and hurting world.