Let me share with you an interesting experience I had many years ago. I was meditating on the Lord one afternoon, as I was riding home on the bus, when I began to recall something a high school friend had said to me that day. That person made a comment about another Christian, by saying, “He is so spiritually minded, he’s of no earthly use.” The Holy Spirit immediately interrupted my thoughts, and said, “The spiritual man is heavenly minded and is good for every earthly use.”
Did you know that God expects His saints to be heavenly minded? You may ask: Where does it say that in the Bible? The answer is found in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians. He wrote:
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth.” Colossians 3:2 NKJV.
Clearly Paul told the saints at Colosse that they needed to be heavenly minded. In other words, he told them not to focus their minds on all the things that were going on around them, here on earth, but to focus on the Lord in Heaven. If you truly desire to live a holy life, then you will need to learn to keep your mind focused on the Lord. It is so much easier to live a holy life, when you focus on His holiness!
As you may recall, the Prophet Isaiah also wrote something very similar to the words of Paul. He wrote:
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV.
Here you can see another great benefit to focusing your mind on the Lord – He will keep you in perfect peace! The word peace found in this verse is from the Hebrew word, “shalom.” This word is an all-inclusive word that includes physical and financial well-being, as well as safety and security. When you learn to focus your mind on the Lord in every situation, and trust Him to be your source for everything, you will be amazed at the sense of peace and well-being you will feel in your heart, even in the midst of trying circumstances and adversity.
Now God does not want you to be like the world. He has set you apart from the world, so that you will stand out from the world as one of His children. In fact, you are meant to shine as lights in this dark world! This is why the Apostle Paul wrote the following words:
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV.
In other words, in order for you to be transformed into the saint God wants you to be, you need to have your mind renewed. The most effective way is to focus on the Lord by meditating on His Word. If you focus your mind on the world, then you will think, speak and act just like the world. However, if you focus your mind on the Lord, then you will think and speak and act like the Lord. Now let me ask you a question: Who are you trying to be like?
As you may recall, the Lord said, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (See 1 Peter 1:16). This means that he wants you to be just like Him! The key is to keep your mind focused on Him, and not on the world. It is so much easier to live a holy life, if you have a clear image of God’s holiness in your mind. Don’t you agree? By daily acknowledging His holiness and focusing on Him throughout your day, you will have a clearer and clearer image of His holiness, and you will see yourself as being holy in Him. If you haven’t realized this already, you are holy, because He is holy. When you focus on who you are in Christ, you will want to shake off everything that doesn’t look like Christ.
Now you have a better idea why your mind has such a pivotal role in how you live as a saint. The mind-set on the world, ultimately leads to death, but the mind-set on the Lord leads to life and peace and holiness.
You are holy, dear saint!
Next week we will look at: You are an overcomer!
This is Day Fifteen of a 31 day devotional on The Life of the Saint.