“But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them.” [Hebrews 11:16, AMP]
There is a song by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir called Heaven on my mind, and when you read/listen to the lyrics, there is a sense of urgency to know and serve God with all we have. For instance the chorus says:
I’ve got made up mind/
I can’t stand around wasting my time/
I’m gonna keep on working for Jesus/
Every day of my life/
Cause I’ve got heaven on my mind/”
Pondering on such weighty lyrics, I can attribute this sense of urgency to what was on the mind of the lyricist as this song was being written; HEAVEN!
As Christians, when we keep in mind that we are only sojourning through this world to a better land – Heaven – it would change the way we live our lives here on earth. Typically, when I travel I don’t unpack all my things and arrange them as though I was at home, because I know that I will not be there for long thus, there is no use getting comfortable like I would at home. Yet, do we find ourselves doing that here on earth; getting so comfortable with the norms of the world that we start to conform to the things of this world?
As Christians, we have been encouraged to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” [Romans 12:2, NIV]. The danger with conforming to the world is that you lose focus on where you are heading – Heaven. Or in extreme cases, you enjoy being here so much so that you lose your desire to even want to go to Heaven.
We ought to remember that we are in the world but we are not OF the world. Thus, we ought to live with heaven-mindedness and not earth-mindedness. Earth-mindedness is to be carnally-minded while heaven-mindedness is to be spiritually-minded. Unfortunately, earth-mindedness does not lead to anything good as we see in Romans 8:6-8, NLT, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.”
When Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, gained independence for the nation, he said, “Onward ever, backwards never”. These words echoed the words of Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13-16, THE MSG, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”
There are days that would be challenging, and thoughts of the temporary pleasures you had enjoyed while in the world will flood your mind. Those are tricks of the devil to cause you to backslide. But those things only lead to spiritual death no matter how pleasurable they were. That is why King Solomon said “Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.” [Ecclesiastes 7:10, NIV].
Remember that by living with heaven-mindedness, you will face a lot of opposition from the world because you are not of the world and the god of this world does not want you to press on towards the goal set for you. Nevertheless, when you face this opposition remember that “For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith” [1 John 5:4, AMP].
So what’s on your mind today? I don’t know about you but I have decided that today I am going to KEEP heaven on my mind!