Yes, I took the old cliche Christianese quote “So heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly good”, and flipped it on it’s head. That statement is wrong-headed because it has the unwanted side affect of placing the cart before the horse. If our Christian equilibrium creates balance then we first need to be eternal minded in order to be of earthly good.
The topic of being eternal minded is something near and dear to my heart. You know how there are some scriptures that just tend to stir up your spirit? I find it very unfortunate that preaching and teaching on the topic has essentially been tossed aside for the temporal. Of course, there’s no question that eternity in and of itself can become an idol that causes us to forget the here and now. And, in the past 2-3 decades perhaps the teaching went overboard in focusing so much on the sweet bye-and-bye that we forgot and became compIacent in the work that needs to be done in the now. Maybe we sang one too many old hymns that painted the world so dark and dreary that we forgot about the promises of God and his goodness. We focused so much on the devil and darkness that we forgot about the light. That dissatifaction with out of balance teaching is largely to blame for the contrarian movement that spawned the “Your Best Life Now/ Purpose Driven Life” teachings that have dominated the scene since the 90’s in America. However, as it often happens, as humans, we tend to swing from one extreme to the other. There is a biblically balanced middle ground that loves the here and now, and desperately wants to see and bring about change, yet still yearns (deep in the heart) and rejoices in the hope of the hereafter, and the return of Christ. Honestly, I feel that the message of hopefulness in Christ’s return, and the remembrance of it is one of the healing balms given to us as a gift from God. Indeed, it was given to us by God himself as a promise – “Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit” 2 Corinthians 5:5. For me, the eagerness and anticipation of his coming has a healing affect on my spirit. That hope alone trumps all other temporal accomplishments or failures that I could ever muster in my short time here on earth.
My hope is that one day we will all return back to rejoicing and being genuinely healed again by this hope. So much so, that we actually speak about it, like it’s actually on our minds. As the old hymn song, “It is well with my soul” said: “Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight”. If it was good for those in the hall of faith (Hebrews 11) why is it not good for us, Now? By faith, they held on to the hope of things unseen and persevered by not shrinking back (Hebrews 10:39). That’s, saving faith! We have A great hope that we ought to live for daily and in eager anticipation of. The coming of Christ. Here are several scriptures that speak to where our minds should be as Christians:
“1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
“True, even now we behold Christ by faith, yet it is “through a glass, darkly.” But at His coming we shall behold Him “face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
“As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. (Psalm 17:15)
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2-3)
“11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:11-14)
““Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19)
And many more…….
Here is a great video that I recently found from Micah Bournes, an amazing Christian poet. This is a track from his most recent album. Check it out: