Odds are good that you’ve heard the admonition at some point in your life that people, presumably Christians, shouldn’t be ‘so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good’. There’s just one little problem with that though…it’s not from the Bible. Quite to the contrary, in Colossians 3:2 we can read, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Hmm….that’s the exact opposite, isn’t it? It certainly would appear that this is a good example of how the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God.
Doing ‘earthly good’ or good works on earth is evidence of our faith. However, we can’t do good unless we’re heavenly minded, praying, “Lord, not my will, but your will be done.”
More than anything, God desires relationship with us, His creation. By continuously practicing how to take our worldly thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, and focusing our thoughts on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report we’ll be better equipped to hear God’s still small voice, walk in faith, and by doing so, do good works.