Be Heavenly Minded
We need to live with our minds fixed on heaven. I shared Paul’s perspective a few weeks ago. Now, I’d like to share another one—that of the apostle John.
In the book of Revelation John writes, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’ (Revelation 4:1).”
John is receiving a guided tour of Heaven, but I also believe Jesus is telling His church to “come up here,” so He can “show us things” heavenly things, hopeful things, and eternal things! We need to set our minds on heaven and have heaven in our minds, today! We have an outstanding opportunity and we need to take advantage of it.
C.S. Lewis observed:
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought the most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”
He is so right! When our minds are completely focused on heaven, we can achieve great things here on earth. When we’re simple focused on the things of this earth—toys, celebrity, power, money and the like—we don’t have anything. A person with an earthly mind lives in a dark and world void of true accomplishment.
How can we be heavenly minded?
Joseph Milner was an English evangelical who lived in the 18th century. In one of his many sermons he said:
The single mark of heavenly-mindedness is decisive of the character. As our desires go, so are we. He who supremely desire to be with Christ; who prefers that enjoyment which he gospel offers of heavenly things to every thing earthly; who is a stranger upon earth, sensible of his natural guilt, receives God’s chief mercy in Christ Jesus with all thankfulness, and waits for the coming Savior to complete that fidelity of which he has here the earnest by the Holy Spirit, his is the Christian. Hence alone St. Paul could rejoice and patiently endure, and be faithful unto death . . .He was brethren, heavenly-minded. He was not so naturally.
Let’s not get caught up in the language spoken so many years ago. Instead let’s zero in on the truth that’s in this quote—being heavenly-minded should be our greatest desire. It should be our motivation. We should rejoice and endure with heavenly minds and keep our focus, not on this earth, but on heaven and being with Jesus, forever.
Are you heavenly minded? Or, do the things of this earth still trap you? Seek the things above and receive the joy of living for Christ.
 C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (New York: Collier, 1960), 118