Heavenly-minded, Earthly-good


What is your goal today? Make it to please God. We should be so focused on the promise and hope of eternity that our hope translates into mission-centric lives on earth. We are here to share the grace and love of God with those who desperately need this hope…

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
2Corinthians 4:17-18, 5:1, 5-9

We live in this physical world in flesh and bones today, yet we live in light of the eternal life which we possess in our souls and spirit. What a tension within us. The flesh desires to live unto the world and to make the best of what we can within it. The spirit knows that something better awaits.

Our challenge today is to make it our goal to please God, whether we are at home in the earthly body or at home in heaven. Fix our eyes on what is unseen. Fix our eyes on the eternal so that our lives will reflect what is to come and not what is now.

Eternity outweighs the earth. The hope of heaven far exceeds any promise in our current home. So why do we get so caught up and entangled in the now? Have you heard the phrase that we can be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good? I think it’s true.

If we focus so much on heaven and our citizenship there, we may forget that our neighbours haven’t heard that God’s grace is available to them. In other words, we need to be knee-deep in the world. That’s why we are here. Jesus left us with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) so that we could make an impact on the world in which we live.

And so, we should be so focused on the promise and hope of eternity that our hope translates into mission-centric lives on earth. And yes, living this way will result in “light and momentary troubles.” Our mission on earth will not always bring us gratitude from the world. We may be rejected or persecuted or worse. Light and momentary troubles…

The Apostle Paul went through it all and worse. Worse than I have ever faced. So we live by faith. As Paul lived by faith. With the Spirit indwelling us as God’s guarantee and promise. We make it our life goal to please God, not the world, until we see the shores of heaven with our eyes.

What is your goal today? Make it to please God.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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