When I was learning to drive, my dad would remind me to keep my eyes on the road. He was guiding me to stay focused. Dad knew shifting my focus either to the right or left would cause me to veer off the path and endanger my life and potentially the lives of others. Though annoyed by his instructions, they weren’t given because he was trying to be mean. Dad’s intentions were based in his desire to keep me safe because he loves me.
Paul’s teachings in Colossians 3 and 4 parallel my dad’s instructions on staying focused. Even though Paul is providing guidance on how to live the faith life nearly two thousand years ago, it’s still relevant today. We are told to put to death our earthly nature, including sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, etc. Today, these things run rampant. If we are not careful, we can easily veer from the path and be pulled into the things Paul is warning us about.
So how do we combat these things? How do we keep focus, stay on the path, or “keep our eyes on the road”?
The answer is simple. It may not be easy, but it’s simple. Paul tells us to set our minds on things above, not earthly things. In other words, focus on Christ and what He has done.