Sunday, January 17, 2010
"Don't be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good"
This evening I had a conversation with someone and this cliche came up. I have heard it many times and it always makes me think...As Christians aren't we suppose to be heavenly minded?
If we are completely heavenly minded than God is free to use us to fulfill His good plans here on earth. The problem is when we throw a spanner in the works by not being completely heavenly minded. The reason we are not producing "good" here on earth is not because we are too heavenly minded, but rather when we are too fleshly minded. When we focus our thoughts, desires, and time on heavenly things it has to produce the good fruits of God in our lives which will in turn bring God's goodness here on earth.
Google is a great tool so I sent this cliche' out to never never land.
There is an old expression that states, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” Clever and catchy cliche, isn’t it? The only problem is that these words are unbiblical. The Bible says, “Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col 3:2). Contrary to popular opinion, being heavenly minded always inspires us to be more earthly good. Thus, our goal as Christians must be to set our minds on things above and faithfully serve the Lord.
So many times I have used old cliches without a lot of thought. My mom always said..."Think before you speak." There's a lot of wisdom from that statement! I'm afraid to think how many other cliches I have used just because they sound catchy or sometimes even justify my actions.
I hope I can change this one around to say..."Don't be so Earthly minded that you are of no Heavenly good."