We value freedom. Here, in our country, freedom is the word that launched our political and economic structure. We like to have the ability to make choices and determine our destiny. But where do we experience freedom at the most personal level? It must start within, in our minds and hearts. No matter what political or economic structure we live within, we have freedom to set our minds on whatever we choose. It is almost as if we "restart" or "reboot" our mindset each day, as we launch into a new day. When it comes to our relationship with the Lord, this also hinges on where we place our attention. We can purpose to set our thoughts on Him and we can dwell, in our minds, on His word and ways. And when we find those thoughts far from Him....we can return and renew and resume (and we may need to repent too!). The freedom that we have to set our minds on Him was purchased on the Cross and the exercise of that freedom shows the value we have for the relationship that He restored. When we have embraced the freedom from sin's penalty that was obtained for us we can enjoy the freedom to set our thoughts and hearts on the One who made it possible.
Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.