Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthy good?” I don’t like that phrase, and I’m learning that it’s far from biblical.
As I’ve focused on our Eternity Changes Everything study, I’ve come to realize that God uses His promises of heaven and eternal life with Him as a major encouragement for living the Christian life. I’m also realizing that I rarely think of eternal matters, and this leads me to live in a temporal fashion. Lord, change me, and help me to understand what it means to live in light of eternity.
I polled my community group this past week and asked how often eternity enters our minds when thinking about our Christian faith. Nine out of ten in the room said rarely to never. I was part of the nine. What have we missed? How have we missed it?
Randy Alcorn says, "The greatest weakness of the western church today is arguably our failure to think of the long tomorrow—to take seriously the reality that Heaven is our home. Out of this springs our love affair with this world and our failure to live now in light of eternity.” The long tomorrow… I like that.
Let us turn from our earthly-mindedness. Let us be moved by faith in what’s to come as past Christians were. Let us be done with lesser things. Let us take joy now in the greater joy that is to come and persevere with faith and purpose for the sake of Christ in this life.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)