In my preparation for a sermon series in the book of Colossians, in addition to some great commentaries, I have been reading one of Banner’s Puritan Paperbacks titled “The Glory of Christ” by John Owen. This has been an amazing read! In this post, I would like to share with you one of the many treasures in this volume. In chapter 3 (The Glory of Christ in His Person) Owen makes the point that because of who Christ is, fixing our minds on Him is “the best, the most noble and beneficial truth that we can think about or set our hearts on.” That is an important statement, however, does that reflect what our minds are consumed with? Owen goes on to insightfully say:
“The Scripture takes to task the foolishness of men who ‘spend their money for that which is not bread, and their labour for that which does not do us any real good’. They spend their time and money chasing after perishing things, when something solid and everlasting is set before them. What do men think about most of the time? Some spend their time planning how to make provision for their flesh and how to satisfy its lusts (Rom. 13:14). They spend their thoughts on sinful pleasures, refusing to behold the glory of Christ. Some continually worry about the things of this world, seeking promotion and rewards for all they do. So they are transformed in the image of the world, becoming earthly, unspiritual and stupid. The blindness, the darkness, the foolishness of poor sinners! Do they not realize who it is they despise? Do they not realize who it is they are rejecting and for what?”
It is of utmost importance that we know that nothing is more noble or beneficial than consuming our minds with the glory of Christ. May we make it our practice and duty to think about our Lord. How do we do this? Owen goes on to suggest that we “diligently study the Bible and the revelations of the glory of Christ revealed there.” It is our duty to go to that place where He is revealed and fix our minds on Him!