Todays post is to try to answer that age-old question; can someone be so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good? For many this question is one that is hard to wrap their mind around, because on the one hand many Christians are so focus on heaven they are doing nothing here (not the right approach) and others are so focused on their life here that they don’t even seem to care about the after life, so how do we approach our life?
As usual I am going to be contrary and say that I believe both approaches are wrong. Yes WRONG, I say! What made me explore this topic is that I was reading USA TODAY yesterday and an article caught my eye. (IF IT’S IN THE PAPER, BUT NOT SPORTS I DON’T USUALLY BOTHER) The article was titled ‘What if the end isn’t near?’ written by Tom Krattenmaker; the article Tom asserted that many Christians in recent times have been mesmerized by the LEFT BEHIND movies to give up striving for a better life here on earth and basically just wait for Armageddon to ensue! On the other hand, Krattenmaker told a story of a Christian man who was trying to end the use and threat of Nuclear war around the world in the effort to preserve the earth and humankind. Although many who claim to be Christians have just given up living and blamed all problems on liberal media, and resign to sitting back in their nuclear bunker waiting for the end to come; this earth or heaven focus isn’t so cut and dry. As Christians, it’s not like were either pro earth or pro heaven.
It is sad that many so-called christians anticipate heaven (the place) as their ultimate goal pushing aside their fellow humans and even Jesus to get there, but if someone is a true believer their ultimate goal should be to love God and love others as themselves. If someone truly loves Jesus, they will love others and treat the earth with respect because that is what Jesus wants of us. So in essence, you cannot be too heavenly minded for earthly good, because being truly focused on Christ is to be truly focused on His mission and what He wants of us!
19I hope in the Lord Jesus(A) to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20For I have no one(B) like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21For they all(C) seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22But you know Timothy’s[a](D) proven worth, how(E) as a son[b] with a father(F) he has served with me in the gospel. Philippians 2:19-22
In this passage (which read after read inspires my daily walk more and more) shows us that not only does God/ Jesus have interest in our daily lives (see v. 21), but also God wants us to be concerned for others and show compassion on others in this life (see v. 20). This section of scripture is proof that Biblically following Jesus means that we love others.