Undivided Loyalty

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

One of the things that has brought Michael Jordan success is his extraordinary focus.

The in the book, Driven from Within, Fred Whitfield, president and chief operating officer of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, tells about something Jordan did while getting ready to go out one evening.

Jordan asked to borrow a jacket from Whitfield. He discovered that Whitfield's closet was filled with products from both Nike and Puma.

Whitfield had received the Nike outfits because of his relationship with Jordan, who had a contract with the company. The Puma outfits were from Whitfield’s relationship with Ralph Sampson, a Puma representative.

Jordan brought all of the Puma gear into the living room, went into the kitchen, grabbed a butcher knife, and cut the Puma clothes to shreds.

Then he picked up the scraps and carried everything to the dumpster.

When Jordan came back inside, he turned to Fred and said, "Don't ever let me see you in anything other than Nike. You can't ride the fence!"

That may seem like extreme behavior, but it left no question as to where Michael Jordan’s priorities were.

In the same way, God’s Word calls for us to clarify our priorities. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are citizens of heaven, not of earth.

Paul writes:

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)

The phrase “set your mind” means to give all of one’s thoughts to something. The things of God and of Heaven should dominate our thoughts, our ambitions, our desires, and our hearts. We can’t ride the fence!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!