Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
We read the verses above and the words sound so good. Yes, to be heavenly minded. But there is a part of us that doesn’t really believe it is possible and many others who just don’t know how.
There have been times when I have thought that this is only for those whom God has somehow blessed with supernatural spirituality or for those who are naturally strong. But we need to remember that all spiritual life is supernatural since we can’t muster up even the smallest spark of love for God. And those whom we consider spiritual giants will readily admit that they feel weak. It is in our weakness that God’s strength is seen.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2. Cor. 12:9
So, if we are all able to have a mind that is set on Christ how do we go about cultivating that?
There is nothing new under the sun. If we want to have a mind that is focused on Jesus then we need to submerge ourselves in his word. It really is that simple and yet we struggle with it.
We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.
This is a painful truth. It comes down to the fact that we don’t want to put in the time and effort it takes to read God word, think about it, memorize it, or maybe even do some research on it. We don’t want to get up early or stay up a little late. We don’t want to look up verses we don’t understand or read books or sermons that will help us apply the word of God. We must repent of our laziness and dig into the words of life.
Another things we need to do in order to grow in heaven mindedness is to learn to meditate. Not the new age kind of meditation that tells us to empty our mind, but instead we fill our mind with scripture and think about it throughout the day. Let it mull over in your mind asking God to help you remember and apply the things you are thinking about.
A.W. Tozer said that many are guilty of just nibbling at the word. Let’s not just nibble and then walk away unsatisfied. Let’s feast richly on God’s that will never run out and will never become irrelevant.
Everything always comes back to knowing the word of God.
Do we want to grow spiritually? Then we need to be in the word. Do we want to learn about God’s character? Know the word. Do we want to get better at praying, learn to be a better wife and mother, learn patience and kindness? Then we must be focused on the word.
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
- C. H. Spurgeon
Looking to Jesus,