Col. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on thThe Bride Returns Nancy Myersings on the earth.

Let’s be honest – this is much easier to recite than it is to practice.  After all, what do we know about the things above?  We have never experienced those things.  All we know is what we have experienced on this temporal earth.  We know what we are familiar with.  We have no concept of eternity because all we know is time.  We know that humans exist in only two states: life and death.
Yet, the instruction by Paul is not to know or experience those things which are above, but rather to seek, or set our affection on the things that are above.  It is like the child who is promised a reward for bringing home all A’s in school.  Each day the child sits attentively in class, completes each assignment, and prepares for each exam with a purpose in mind: to obtain that prize for earning all A’s.  The child works with earnest expectation.  This is how we are to be as children of God.  Every day we work, we study, we prepare with earnest expectation of being raised with Christ upon His return.  When He returns is irrelevant; that He will return is certain.  Our role while we are alive on this earth is to prepare much like that child who is working hard in school for that reward.
But how do I set my affection on something that I haven’t experienced?  “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  What we know for certain is that the treasure we are seeking is not here on earth, which means we cannot seek it with our natural senses.  The treasure we seek is spiritual; therefore, it can only be sought spiritually.  This eternal treasure is one that your fleshly eyes cannot see; your earthly hands cannot feel.  The path to seeking this treasure, however, is the same for all of us: we must first hear the gospel of the kingdom preached to us, and then we are to be discipled unto Christ.