Midweek Wake-Up, September 5th, 2018

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Written by: on: September 5, 2018

Have you ever heard the saying that you can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good?  Well, the apostle Paul seems to disagree:   Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Col 3:1-2).  Paul then goes on to give instructions about how the new believers at Colossae should live, thus implying that godly living flows out of a focus on heaven.

The great eighteen century puritan theologian and pastor, Jonathan Edwards would also have disagreed that we can be too heavenly minded:  “It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven….to which we should subordinate all other concerns of this life.  Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness.”

And then of course there are the well known words of our Lord Jesus Christ:   “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matt 6:19-21).  The message seems simple: don’t live for this world – live for the next!

How is it then that we seem to spend so little time thinking about our future inheritance as believers?  NSC, this week, spend some time each day, meditating on the promises God has given you for the future.  If you need some passage suggestions please let me know.  Perhaps we need to rephrase the opening sentence above:  How to be so heavenly minded that we’re of immense earthly good!  

Pastor Andy