My wife is about to lose her Dad. He is 88 years old and his esophagus closed up a week ago and there wasn’t anything the doctors could do for him short of major surgery which he did not want to do. In his words, “I just want to see Jesus and Mommy.” Facing the death of a loved-one puts your faith and hope in God on trial. The devil accuses, the Spirit defends in great amphitheater of your heart.
In this season we find ourselves, not surprisingly, talking and thinking a lot about heaven. Not just with Daddy or with the kids helping them understand, but also to ourselves. Personally, it motivates me to go all out for God. Why strive for a life of comfort when there is a heaven to gain? If we are going to spend eternity with Jesus, and with all the saints that have gone on before us, why would we ever say, “No, Lord,” or “I can’t Lord?” To become heavenly minded, motivates me to search for and do the will of God with all of my heart. And, I know, He knows how to reveal that to you. Our striving to know can sometimes get in the way.
To truly “set your mind on things above” will result in positive actions here on the earth. We’re not interested in heavenly escapism to avoid life in the real world but there are a number of Scriptures encouraging us to be heavenly-minded in order to live fruitfully here on earth. Here’s one from Paul’s defense before Agrippa in Acts 26:
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision…”