A Radical Lifestyle
Twenty-five years after his conversion, Paul writes to the church of Colosse,
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1–4
He’s wrote this decades after the heavenly light, the heavenly voice, and the heavenly mission (Acts 9), and he says to the people of Colosse, “Seek those things which are above.” He implores them to pursue the things of heaven—to hunt them and go after them with everything they have.
Beloved, you are going to live in heaven forever. Isn’t it time you knew something about it? Paul says, “While you’re on this earth, let heaven be a focal point and filter for your thoughts, let heaven give you eternal perspective for your earthly life.”
Paul asks us to seek and set our minds above, not the things of this earth. He knows that, unfortunately, we know a lot more about this earth than we do heaven. He knows that, too often, this earth is our thing, it’s our ring, and it’s our bling. We’re focused on what we have, and what we’d like to have, here on earth.
We don’t know enough about heaven because we’re not open to what the Spirit is trying to teach us. In First Corinthians 2:9 Paul writes, “Eye hasn’t seen, nor ear heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those that love Him.” Typically, we stop reading right there and form an opinion that heaven is unknowable. However, the next verse says, “the Spirit has revealed to us the deep things of God.” Clearly, we have to let the Holy Spirit teach us about what God has prepared for us in heaven. Beloved, that’s only going to happen when we get our minds off the things of this earth and set them on the things above, where Christ is, at the right hand of God.
What have you set your mind on? What have you given your heart to? What’s important to you?
When you have a biblical understanding of heaven, things change. Paul knew that and so must we.
Twenty-five years after the apostle Paul had his radical conversion experience, he was still living a radical lifestyle and hammering his point to the people. He was still preaching about and living with heaven in his heart and his hand in the harvest.
You can find our more about Paul’s radical lifestyle in my latest book, Between Heaven and Earth. It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon and paperback and eBook wherever good books are sold.