Should We be Earthly or Heavenly Minded?

In short, Yes. But in length it goes much deeper.

It is important to know that God created everything good (Genesis 1-2). This good creation was broken by sin, caused by man, and we call this the Fall (Genesis 3). The Bible then focuses on Redemption (Genesis 4-Revelation 22). So we have a large narrative of Creation, Fall, and Redemption.

Creation is a good thing, Scripture never says anything negative about creation. The negativity comes from sin which has corrupted creation. When Pastors give sermons on being heavenly minded and abandoning the pleasures of this earth because this is not our home, well I believe they are flat wrong. Why would God put you somewhere you were not meant to be? It is obvious that humans were created for earth, we are created to live in the laws of nature, God has us here with purpose, this is our home and God has declared it good. Granted we messed it all up in the Fall, which is why we need Redemption…enter Jesus.

In Colossians 3:1-2 (If you don’t have a Bible, get one) Paul is writing to people that are thinking primarily of the heavenly things: read your Bible, pray, fast, etc. which are good and should be done and thought about, but that is not everything and Paul is showing us this here. He is diving into the ethics of living on earth. When Paul says “set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth” he does not mean to only limit your mind to “spiritual” thoughts, but that ethically we should think of heaven. Paul writes in the next few verses what the “things that are on earth” are and these we can rightly see should be avoided. Paul is not saying we cannot enjoy the earth. God put us here after all!

We are to be spiritual and think of heaven to be sure, but we are also earthly beings, created to live in the laws of this planet and it is not a sin to enjoy being human. Earthly things are not a distraction from God, but rather, they show his glory. It’s ok to play a game of golf, or to read non-Christian books, or to mow your lawn, to have a swimming pool, go have a picnic, watch a football game, ride a rollercoaster, fly in an airplane, relax in a hammock, enjoy a beer, and on and on. Be wary of excess of course. Once a luxury becomes larger in your life than God, I believe some re-evaluation needs to take place. But the point is: Creation is good, heaven is good, sin is bad, seek redemption.

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One comment

  1. Susan Sidock · · Reply

    Love love love this one. I agree with you completely and love the way you tell it.

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