2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Other Translations of Colossians 3:2

King James Version

2 Set your affection affection: or, mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

English Standard Version

2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

The Message

2 Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ - that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.

New King James Version

2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

New Living Translation

2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Colossians 3:2

Commentary on Colossians 3:1-4

(Read Colossians 3:1-4)

As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth are contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed together; and affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other. Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead, then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly things, and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present, one whom we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him. The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influences of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer lives to him in all he does. At the second coming of Christ, there will be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose life is now hid with Christ, shall then appear with him in his glory. Do we look for such happiness, and should we not set our affections upon that world, and live above this?