Heavenly Minded

 

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, philippians 3:20

Have you ever told someone or been told by someone that “you’re to holy”? I’m not talking about being that person who is “being holy” for holiness sake, as to draw attention to themselves but a person of integrity and of character. A person who’s standards are of God. To others you seem out of touch with the culture and maybe even closed minded. You don’t follow fads or trends, nor do you follow the crowd’s spirituality teachings. Majority to you is not the sign of rightness. Your point of reference and the context in which you do all things is the word of God. Your perspective of the world and mankind is not one of awe but not cynical either. You stick out like a tourist in a foreign country, yet you are a resident. The citizens of the foreign land would like nothing more for you to become them and adopt their way of living. But why? Our lives as ambassadors in this strange country, reflects back to them a view of themselves that is not pleasurable. A Christian with a mind in the clouds sort of speak, is viewed as ignorant and illogical because he leaves nothing to grasp as the true believer hold no unrealistic view of himself to defend. Abstaining from cultural norms is seen as condemning them and all who love them. When Christians are seen not stressed out by not following, it cast doubt to all who do and they hate you for it. The display of Christ living a life against what is said to give you joy, crushes “everyone else is doing it.”

The Christian is a square peg, the world is a round hole; our flesh and culture holds the mallet as the devil give directions. The discomfort is not from the beatings but from trying to be made to submit. In our submitting we become filled with anxiety as we worry about all that we need to be and have in order to fit in. Submission changes our affections first and it hurts because it pulls the heart a part. Imagine a mother and child sold into slavery to two different owners while being told it’s good for you. This is what submission to the world is like as it hides behind tolerance but is really passive dictatorship. The peer pressure on us to conform rips our souls as we are made to feel guilty, irresponsible, intolerant and unloving. With the pursuit of acceptance and love from the world we lose our minds, our heavenly mindedness.

John 15
18. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

As Christians we too can cross over as we are constantly being pull by the world and pushed by our flesh to conform. So we forget the mission, our citizenship, our master and our true love. In the frequent moments of guilt we try to self correct. But how do we self correct when we have lost faith in the course? We didn’t set the course so how can we get back? We try by adding a little Jesus as if he is a pepper shaker. There is a way to find out if we have added to Jesus in a feeble attempt to correct or to have the cake and eat it too. What do you hope for the most? Do you eagerly await the coming true of all your dreams or the coming of Christ? If we defend our dreams over Jesus, our “faith” is not in his promised return as we have lost focus of our heavenly citizenship.  We have lost our heavenly mind.  We hardly ever recognize it because we refuse to call it as we see it.  We have put on the rose colored glasses and begun to pretend that a “little” conformity don’t really matter to God.

When you can’t see or refuse to see things as they are, you self inflict wounds upon yourself and imprison yourself; submitting to what you have been freed from by Christ already. Finding comfort within the culture is what causes this as we seek to end the suffering we receive for being foreign citizens.  Comfort or familiarity can blind you to the fact that the past and present is not where you should be. Conformity to the world is gain by turning our affections to the pursuit of comfort. So God has to bring us into situations of uncertainty. In the unknown, we can see clearer than ever because we walk by faith thus become more heavenly minded. Without a worldly footing to proclaim our victory, we are left on a ledge with no where turn and no plan that will work. The thing that we care the most about, what has our concerns, what we hold as goals, and what we fear is the end of this life and the comfort of this life. When our heavenly minded is cleared we see that the foreign land is governed and operated accordingly to these fears and pursuit of comfort. The ease of use, control everything with one remote, there’s an app for that, pay one low price, one stop shop and the list goes on. When we are heavenly minded we are aware of were we are from and were we belong. Our affections drive our actions and we carry ourselves in that manner. But the most important thing about it, is the it establishes our faith, directs our faith, displays the object of our faith and proclaim that our faith is true.

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:16)

“When we desire this city more than we desire all that this world can give, God is not ashamed to be called our God. When we make much of all he promises to be for us, he is proud to be our God. This is good news.”

John Piper

A heavenly mind is more than a way of thinking its a sign and seal of the Holy Spirit. It is God telling the world that this person belongs to me. It is the wedding ring on a woman’s hand. It is a son bearing his father’s last name. It says that I think like my heavenly Father because He is raising me, teaching me, walking with me, talking with me and loving me; and I want to be like him so I’m imitating Him.  Being saved by grace alone through faith alone creates in us a clean heart and renews in us the right spirit for God’s name sake and we because living sacrifices as we renew our minds and not conform.  With the blinders off we realize that this is  not life and this is not living.  The discomfort we feel and the friction between us and the world bear witness to the the much needed return of Christ.  We don’t desire more time without him on earth but we desire a better country, a heavenly one.

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