Where is your mind?
Labels: Bible, Christian Living, Discussions, Heaven, Purpose of Life, Work and Service · Posted by Walking Worthy at 22:26
We know that the scriptures tell us to think and live in the light of spiritual realities. One of these verses is Colossians 3:1-2"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and you life is hidden with Christ in God"(ESV). This passage seem to flow logically like this:
a. You Christians have been "raised with Christ" in other words; because when you believed you were united with Christ, when he died you died with Christ and were also raised with him.
b. If you are united with Christ and therefore raised with him then you should live according to that reality and set your minds on heavenly things where Christ who is the one that you are united to is.
c. If you are going to set your mind on things that are above (because that is just being consistent with who we are in Christ) then you can't have your mind on things that are on earth at the same time.
So, in the light of this scripture (and possibly others) is it actually possible to be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly use?
Just as a little comment on the side I would like to observe that those who in the scripture had the closest encounters with God (or, had their minds most on Him) were those who were of most earthly use. Examples to draw to mind would be; Isaiah (Isa 6), Jeremiah (Jer 1), Moses and Jesus.
The argument the other way has been heard more often, I believe, than the one above and so will require a little less statement. If we are heavenly minded we are ultimately absent minded as we are not actually in heaven. If absent minded, then effectively useless as no man can do what he isn't willing to apply his mind to. God requires us, as his people to be actively involved in his mission to the world to save his people and to mature them. Because we have a job to do on earth and setting our minds on heavenly things will distract from that job we should seek to keep our minds on earthly things. Furthermore, those who do insist on thinking all the time about heavenly things are effectively rebelling against God's purposes for them.
So, that is two of many arguments on the subject. Here are some questions for consideration:
1. What is is to be 'heavenly' or 'earthly minded'?
2. Is it possible to be both 'heavenly minded' and fulfill effectively God's requirements of us on earth?
3. How does understanding the pattern of history or Gods plan for the world, from creation to consummation help us to understand rightly the relation between our citizenship in heaven and on earth?
4. Is it possible to be to heavenly minded?
5. What are the relevant biblical passages, themes and verses for this issue and how do they shed light on the subject?
6. 'how should Christians worship, work, have relationships and in summary, live, considering that we are both citizens of heaven and workers on earth'?
By Thomas van den Broek