Jul 28, 2016
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,” says Paul in Colossians 3:2 (NRSV) and Jesus says “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:20, NRSV) In today’s reading he urges us to be “rich toward God”. (Luke 12:21)
What does this
mean? Are we being urged to be so heavenly minded we are no earthly
I think the opposite is true. I think it is the earthly minded like the rich fool of Luke 12 who are of no earthly use. He stored his wealth away and did not share it. This meant that neither he nor anyone else benefited. If on the other hand we believe in the resurrection, if we believe that when Jesus was raised to new life, we were also given new life, then we have eternal security. We do not need to store up riches for ourselves on earth. We are free to share and love and serve others.
Indeed the Jesus story says that Jesus died, and was raised and lives for everyone - even you! In that story, you share in his glory in heaven. If that is who you are, and if that is who every person could be then imagine what the world could be like. Imagine living that out. Imagine a world where “...there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!” (Colossians 3:11, NRSV) This is what we should seek and set our minds on. If we did what would our earthly world become?
Questions for thought or
What could be the results of living with a vision of a heavenly reality? Think of some people of vision. What things have they achieved?