Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.Colossians 3:2
When Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians, he was concerned with how their faith was developing. There were those who wanted to impose adherence to a set of rules that had nothing to do with the work of Christ. He wrote –
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.Colossains 2:23-23
Christianity is the opposite of “an appearance of wisdom in promoting a self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body.” And so Paul commanded his readers to instead set their minds on what is good and God-honoring in their lives.
How many people do you know who think that following Christ is, in fact, following a list of rules and regulations that sap the joy out of life? How might we have contributed to that impression?