In the world but not of it

February 18, 2010

Heavenly minded, earthly good…

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. [2] Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:1-2

I’ve often heard it said that you can be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good. I am not sure that this statement is completely true. In fact, I have discovered that the more heavenly minded I am the more earthly good I end up doing.

When my mind is on Christ I find myself more aware, more attentive to those around me, to the responsibilities before me. Perhaps the author of this remark meant that some people are so pious that they are negligent about the needs of those around them. I can understand that if this is what was originally meant.

But if we hear someone using this phrase we need to defend what our passage tells us today because the Bible is clear that our thoughts and attention need to be on things above. Why? Because when we look up we look beyond our circumstances and trials.  Sometimes when we see people that are not doing too well we might say “you’re looking a bit down today”…that is because when we are looking at the things of earth in our life too closely the only natural result is to look down, to become downcast and to get depressed over what we see.

Looking above keeps us focused on reality, hope and on Christ. Looking above allows us to have a clear and true perspective about our earthly situations. Have you heard of  Bertel Thorvaldsen? He is known for a sculpture he made of Christ that has a distinct feature that is not obvious at first.

You can’t see the face of Christ on the sculpture by just standing in front of it. In fact, there is a sign next to the statue that says; if you want to see the face of Jesus, You must sit at His feet.

So when you sit at the foot of the statue and look up, you can see the face of Christ perfectly.

Look above, look up…

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