Sometimes Christians are accused of being so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good. The opposite of that phrase is far more likely. Sometimes we are so earthly minded that we are of no heavenly good. I for one do not think it is possible to be too heavenly minded. As a matter of fact we are challenged in the Bible to set our minds on things above. Col. 3:1-3 instructs us: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God”.
Being heavenly minded can help us deal with the loss of loved ones who know the Lord. We believe there is a life beyond this life, a world beyond this world, and a home far better than anything on earth. Knowing that our loved ones who died in Christ are enjoying eternity with the Lord gives us an undergirding hope. Being heavenly minded will also help us to endure the sufferings of this present world. The Bible promises those who know the Lord will receive a glorified body (1 Cor. 15:51-53). Our present pains and diseases, physical limitations and mental struggles will one day be over. The glorious assurance of 2 Cor. 5:8 bolsters our faith with the truth that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Also having our minds set on things above will help us deal with any financial loss or the destruction of any of our earthly treasure. When we wreck our car, when an appliance goes out, when we suffer a job loss it does bring us pain and confusion. But followers of Jesus are encouraged because we know that our real treasure is laid up in heaven where nothing can touch it (Matt. 6:19,20).
Because we believe there is a real place called heaven we have a purpose for the present and we a have hope for the future. Hold the things of earth with a light grip and the things of heaven with a powerful grasp.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation