Affections of the heart.

Jesus-love-in-sandI was listening to an interview of Matt Chandler recently.

When asked about the process of sanctification in his life.

His answer spoke to my heart.

He said, “Sanctification isn’t a quick process, but a lifelong process. One that for him is continually sought after as he seeks to place his affections on the things of God.”

Chandler went on to say that for him, though he enjoys sports, he can’t place his affections on sports, or they will become too important.

As I have thought on this, I realize how true this is.

For many of us, though we are Christians and our heart is to walk with the Lord and serve Him.

We tend to try to live in two worlds.

We are Christians and yet our affections are often placed on things of this world.

You might be thinking, sure, but we live in this world.

And your right, we do. Yet, this world is not our home, we are just passing through and the Scripture in fact tells us that we are not to love this world or the things of it.

So, is Matt Chandler saying we have to sit at home all day reading our Bibles or in solitude praying?

Of course not, though both of these things are an important part.

For Chandler, he said for him a big part is choosing daily what things he will set his affections on. And he seeks to be particular about this.

What goes in will come out.

Therefore, we too have to be intentional about what our affections are placed on.

“You are like those you hang around.”

So if your day is consumed with things of this world, the world will naturally flow out.

But, if your day is saturated with the things of God, then you will steadily be transformed into the image of Christ.

Let us then set our gaze on Christ, and our hearts affections on the things which please Him.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2