The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.
We were created with a desire for something far better than this current world; we were designed for a longing for something more. But here is a question: “How do we fuel that desire? How do we keep it’s torch lit?” There are certainly times with the flame doesn’t burn as strong as it should.
Here is an overly-simplistic answer: think about it more often. Colossians 3:2-3 reads, “2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
This calls us to place our affections in the right location. This does not mean that we become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good; it means we look at earth from heaven’s point of view because this is our real home (Phil 3:2). We are being told to think the thought of God.
Paul says “set your mind” which means “to have an inner disposition or to ponder.” The command is to think and seek heaven; heaven should be the believer’s entire orientation. It speaks to the will and the motives. It is like a needle of a compass seeking to find the correct line of direction.
You see, Christianity is rational. We have lost this concept of biblical thinking in our society today John Stott was of the deepest, thought-provoking single men in history. He was asked not too long ago to give some advice to the next generation of leaders as he was reflecting upon his 50+ years of ministry. Here was his response:
“I’d want to say so many things. But my main exhortation would be this: don’t neglect your critical faculties. Remember that God is a rational God, who has made us in His own image. God invites and expects us to explore His double revelation, in nature and Scripture, with the minds He has given us, and to go on in the development of a Christian mind to apply His marvelous revealed truth to every aspect of the modern and post-modern world.”
Both of these men and Paul in Colossians 2 express the heart of our faith: the mind is essential to use for sanctification. Christianity is a thinking religion.
Paul is saying “Think long and hard about heaven; think without ceasing about heaven. Don’t waste your time thinking about meaningless, worldly things. Occupy your mind with heaven.” You can think heaven by reflecting on your own mortality; you can think heaven by reminding yourself that everything in this world will burn; you can think heaven by realizing your decisions today have an influence and impact on the world to come. Think heaven.
Occupy your mind with heaven because Christ is there and since we are “hidden” in Him, we are on our way there. This phrase suggests 4 thoughts:
- We are safe. Danger is being outside of Christ; peace and safety is being in Him. We cannot be snatched out of His hand (John 10:28). We are wrapped up in Him.
- We are identified with Him. We are known as followers of Him. We share a common life with the Son (I Cor 6:17); we are partakers of His divine nature (II Pet 1:4).
- We are satisfied. If we are in Christ, there is no other vice this world can provide to satisfy us. Only He satisfies.
- We are not meant for this world. The world is not our domain; it isn’t our playground.
We are commanded to occupy our minds with heaven, because Christ is there and since we are in Christ, we too will be there…one day.
This is something old hymn writers understood. Look at how many hymns have a final verse dealing with the resurrection or future glory. We must not only seek after heaven (vs. 1) but we must think heaven.
 Cited from an article by Roy McCloughry, “Basic Stott,” Christianity Today, January 8, 1996, pg. 32.