Set your mind above

"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24

If you believe in Jesus, it makes sense to live with eternity in mind. St. Paul advised that when he wrote “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2). You may have heard an objection like “so heavenly minded, no earthy good.” There are few statements more ridiculous than that. All of heaven is concerned with the creation and the fate of every person on earth. The point of what St. Paul said is to see what’s going on earth with a heavenly perspective. It’s simply about where your heart is at “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21). Don’t treasure the things of earth, but have a heart after what God cares for, like David.

While tending to today's issues don't short-change your heavenly reward. The problems we face are urgent, and the joys of this world are potent, but eternity is what this life is geared for. What most matters now is what will matter then.

Muster up the courage to bless someone in Jesus' name. Put a stop to a vicious cycle of recrimination. Just say no to a personal preference when there is a chance to do good for someone else.

If that all seems too alien, perhaps it’s time for engagement with the ancient disciplines of fasting, silence, and solitude. Take a break from the world - "for the world and its passions are fading away, but the one who does the will of God will abide forever." 1 John 2:17

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