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Looking Up - Our Daily Bread ODB: 9 February 20201

Looking Up - Our Daily Bread ODB + Insight: 9 February 20201

Looking Up - Our Daily Bread ODB + Insight: 9 February 20201

Looking Up

By Kirsten Holmberg for ODB

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
Colossians 3:2

Read: Colossians 3:1–4

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 6–7; Matthew 25:1–30

The cockeyed squid lives in the ocean’s “twilight zone” where sunlight barely filters through the deep waters. The squid’s nickname is a reference to its two extremely different eyes: the left eye develops over time to become considerably larger than the right—almost twice as big. Scientists studying the mollusk have deduced that the squid uses its right eye, the smaller one, to look down into the darker depths. The larger, left eye, gazes upward, toward the sunlight.

The squid is an unlikely depiction of what it means to live in our present world and also in the future certainty we await as people who “have been raised with Christ” (Colossians 3:1). In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he insists we ought to “set [our] minds on things above” because our lives are “hidden with Christ in God” (vv. 2–3).

As earth-dwellers awaiting our lives in heaven, we keep an eye trained on what’s happening around us in our present reality. But just as the squid’s left eye develops over time into one that’s larger and more sensitive to what’s happening overhead, we too can grow in our awareness of the ways God works in the spiritual realm. We may not have yet fully grasped what it means to be alive in Jesus, but as we look “up,” our eyes will begin to see it more and more.

Reflect and Pray

How can you develop your “upward” vision? How can you set your mind on heavenly things?

Loving God, help me to set my mind and heart on those things that are of You!

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