HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Developing A Heavenly Mindset
“ If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1–4).
How can we develop a heavenly mindset?
Some have said it is possible to be “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.” However, when you look at the history of the church, it was those who were the most heavenly-minded who did the most good. Listen to what Christ said:
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12).
The people who forcefully grabbed hold of the kingdom of heaven are the ones advancing it. Though on the earth, they had a heavenly mindset. Having a heavenly mindset is very important for advancing the kingdom, not only in our lives but on this earth as well.
It is for this reason that Satan is always attacking the believer’s mind with doubts, fears, worldly thoughts, etc. Satan wants to keep believers from focusing on what really matters, and that is God and his kingdom.
This is what Paul is primarily referring to when he says to the Colossians, “set your hearts on things above.” He is primarily referring to God and his kingdom. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to be consumed with God’s name being hallowed, and his kingdom and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9–10). The believer’s mind should be consumed with heavenly things.
In Scripture, those who practice right thinking receive tremendous blessings. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” It also can be translated, as “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on you” (ESV).
The person whose thoughts are consumed with God and his kingdom will have perfect peace instead of anxiety and worry. When we find ourselves anxious or worried, we can be sure that we have lost a God–centred mindset.
What are some other benefits of God–centred thinking? Listen to Philippians 4:8–9:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Paul says thinking about the right things and practising them brings the God of peace—the very presence of God in our lives (Philippians 4:9). Many are missing the manifest presence of God in their lives because they have ungodly thinking, which eventually leads to ungodly practice.
In fact, Paul says that the way a person thinks is an indicator both of his salvation and his fruitfulness. Listen to what he says:
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:5–6).
The secular person thinks only about the “desires” of his carnal nature. The carnal person may be spiritual, but he only wants things of the spirit that satisfy or glorify him:
- “God, give me an ‘A’ on this test.”
- “God, get me into grad school.”
- “God, give me this promotion.”
- “God, take away this sickness.”
A carnal person may believe in God and pray for things, but God is only a means to his “desires.” James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
However, a truly born-again person desires what the Spirit of God desires. He ultimately wants God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. This doesn’t mean that we don’t pray for our desires; it means we are not consumed with our desires. The desires of the redeemed should be and must become that of the Spirit of God.
Paul says the one who continually thinks about the desires of their sinful nature will bring the fruits of death and destruction, but the one consumed with the things of the Spirit brings the fruits of life and peace (Romans 8:6).
The mind is very important. What does your mind say about you? It will tell you who you are—a believer or an unbeliever—a person led by sinful nature or a person led by the Spirit. It will also tell you what type of fruits you will produce. A person that thinks about the things of God receives life and peace.
Paul in Colossians 3:1 is calling these believers, who are tempted like all of us to think on carnal things, to set their hearts and minds on things above. He says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above.”
Again, when he says “above,” he really means God and his kingdom (Matthew 6:9–10). How do we develop a heavenly mindset, a mind consumed with the things of God? We will learn principles about developing a heavenly mindset in this text.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW ……..