In returning from Massachusetts to California I feel as if I am not only changing a state but a state of mind. It is amazing to me the variety of lifestyle and outlook within our own borders. The mind set here includes influences from a longer more visible history. Tradition, long-standing families, old money and historic buildings are all factors that have more importance here than in California. There is a different mind set in the “sunshine state” where free spirits may feel more comfortable. I am perhaps overgeneralizing but each state does seem to have an identifiable mind set.
The believer is to have an identifiable mind set as well. Today’s verse tells us to set our minds on things above. We are to have a different optic in seeing our world. Our point of view is affected by what is eternal rather than temporal. Our values are based on what will last. Our decisions are directed by what is unseen rather than what is perceived by the senses. It is a totally different state of mind.
It is too easy to forget that our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:19). The mind set of those around us is set on earthly things (verse 18). But those with that state of mind are called, “enemies of the cross.” I do not want to be in their number! My state of mind needs to be one that is transformed and renewed by God’s Word. And my state of mind will be obvious by the way I live. I do not think I risk being so heavenly minded that I am of no earthly value. Quite the opposite!
Lord, keep my mind set on You today.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)