You’re probably used to hearing this expression the other way around (“So heavenly minded they’re no earthly good”). But what if God would actually prefer us to be heavenly minded?
The apostle Paul certainly seemed to think this was the case. He exhorted believers in Colossae to set their minds on things above and not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:1-2). In a similar exhortation to the those at Philippi he lamented those who set their minds on earthly things and whose true god was their own selfish desires (Philippians 3:17-21).
Evangelical Christians usually try to do everything the world does and then be spiritual on top of it all. It’s an impossible task. Being spiritual can’t be accomplished in addition to being worldly, it must be in place of doing what the world does.
What impressed God more than anything else Israel did – was it Joshua’s conquest of Canaan? Was it David’s defeat of Goliath? Was it Solomon’s temple? Was it Nehemiah’s recovery of Jerusalem? All these things paled in significance to the greatest accomplishment of ancient Israel – the life and death of its Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
And what did Jesus leave behind to bear witness to His own greatness in the eyes of God – a building? An organization? An autobiography? A reputation with world leaders? It was none of these things. He left behind human hearts touched by the kindness of God through Him. That is the standard of measure in the kingdom of God, and this is why we must become less earthly minded and more heavenly minded.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.