Since, then, you have been raised
Set your hearts on things above
Where Christ is seated
At the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above
Not on earthly things. …
Clothe yourselves with
Compassion, kindness, humility,
Gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other
And forgive whatever grievances
You have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues
Put on love
Which binds them all together
In perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ
Rule in your hearts
Since as members of one body
You were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ
Dwell in you richly
As you teach and admonish one another
With all wisdom
And as you sing psalms
Hymns and spiritual songs
With gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do
Whether in word or deed
Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus
Giving thanks to God the Father
“So heavenly-minded as to be of no earthly-good” is a common saying among Evangelical Christians of those who are considered ‘too spiritual’ and who usually don’t show up for important things such as board meetings, Sunday School planning, etc. It’s also frequently applied to those, who, rather than join or encourage a pity-party or gossip, prefer to pray through the circumstance – usually with an unwilling-to-pray recipient! Human beings are funny in that they love to share their misery – Christians are not so funny when they share the same earthly-trait, instead of running to find someone to pray with them through their circumstance.
God has made it plain that we are to concentrate on being heavenly-bound. This means to cultivate those attitudes and traits belonging to that unseen country: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace, wisdom, and gratitude.
Perhaps you are caught up in a world of turmoil – your finances are in the toilet, your relationships have all gone south, you don’t know what to do with your life, your sorrow and grief are eating you alive, you are lonely, you don’t know how you will cope with pain from one day to the next, you long for real Christian companionship where you can be the ‘real’ you, you wish the Christians around you could see how much pain you are in, you wish they would say more than just “Hello. How are you?” and stay around long enough to hear how you are really doing – sincerely listening and willing to pray with you right there through your circumstance. There is hope, in spite of where you are right now – perhaps there is no one to pray with you but that does not mean you cannot pray. Be sure that God is there and He is willing to sincerely listen to your heart. He cares about you and longs to answer you.
Set your heart heavenward; start now to cultivate the attitude and trait of humility – submit yourself to God. His patient loving-kindness, compassion, gentleness and forgiveness will raise you up so that you will be able to walk in love, live in peace, deal wisely with your circumstances so that you might express your gratitude with true thanksgiving. You are not alone – you can turn to your heavenly Father. He is waiting to embrace you and welcome you home. Turn . . . .
The Lord is coming!