Steven A. Bush - March 10, 2024

Heavenly Minded and of Great Earthly Good

Heavenly Minded and of Great Earthly Good

Some say, "You can be so heavenly minded, you're not of any earthly good." But C.S. Lewis says it better in his book, Mere Christianity: "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." In 1 Corinthians 2:9 Paul quotes Isaiah 64:4: "But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'” (NKJV) The Scriptures paint a glorious picture of Heaven in the blissful presence of God Almighty. In That Place there'll be no more sickness, pain or death. Tears will be wiped away. Living in a world where those things prevalent, why would we not long for our Eternal Promised Land?! In Romans 8:18, Paul couches it this way: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (NIV) He echoes similarly in 2 Corinthians 4:17: "These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever!" (TLB) The old camp-meeting hymn therefore still rings true, "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory!"

Scripture References: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 1:12-30, Habakkuk 3:17-18

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