Have you ever heard it said that Christians can be so heavenly minded that they’re of no earthly good? (I have, and so has Bruce Collins, whose Feature article begins with the same idea.) Some folks just don’t understand that a Christian’s earthly good depends on where his mind is. According to the above verse, our minds should be set on heaven. After all, that’s where our hope, home, and help are. With all that’s ours in heaven, why would we want our mind anywhere else? With all that we have at our disposal, can we possibly believe that bringing a bit of heaven into this sad world would be “of no earthly good”?
When we have our minds on “things above,” and are able to convey some of “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16 NKJV) to those around us, we are serving as His ambassadors, communicating to those in need exactly what they do need. After all, Jesus brought from heaven the greatest good any man can acquire on earth – His wonderful eternal salvation.
When He came, He brought heavenly light to a world that lay in darkness. He brought heavenly truth to a world full of deception. He brought the road map to heaven for those who were lost. He brought new life to those dead in sin. He brought heavenly love to a world filled with hate. Would anyone dare say that bringing this heavenly-mindedness to the world is of no earthly good?
We are reminded to “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Why? So that our like-mindedness will keep us close to our Savior while letting His love shine forth to others through us. People are always wishing for a little bit of heaven on earth. Christians can help fulfill that wish.
By Larry Ondrejack
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org