Being heavenly minded is being great earthly good.

You may be asking, what daily good comes out of contemplating our eternal, heavenly home with our Lord (Rev. 7:14-17)? Well, here are seven reasons (Yes, of course seven) why Jesus wants us to contemplate the promises that we have in our eternal heavenly dwelling.
1- Contemplating the promises of heaven will produce a strength and diligence in our struggles, hardships, insults, weaknesses. persecutions and tribulations. The more we live in a temporal earthly perspective the more prolonged and heavier is our affliction today.
 
2- What we value in the moment on this earth will change from temporal to eternal as we contemplate heaven.
 
3- Rejoicing in the eternal reminds us that what we face now is only momentary (Romans 8:18).
 
4- A heavenly perspective energizes our heart and mind and strength with the understanding that what we enjoy on this earth is just a shadow compared to God Himself. Every earthly blessing is to point to a greater, perfect blessing in heaven.
 
5- At eternal perspective reminds us that the righteous will be vindicated and all the evil that has been done will be judged, so rest in the truth that, “vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord” (Romans 12:19).
 
6- Heavenly thoughts are to empower us to endure this world in all of its malice and moral failure.
 
7- Dwelling on heaven will also release us from the excessive dependence upon earthly wealth and comfort and safety.
 
Let us not lose sight of our eternal purpose and promises while living in the shadows of earthly living. Think about heaven, read scripture about heaven, remember the promises God has given us about heaven and then let that create in our heart a desire to do great earthly good for all of those around us. Being heavenly minded is to be of great earthly good in all of our relationships, our work, and our giving of strength and energy and resources.
 
Romans 7:17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
 
This Sunday we will be meeting in person at the church building if you would like to join us in person at 10am. And for those who will be staying at home, we will be live-streaming on our Grace Community Church Topsail YouTube Channel. We can also be found at https://www.gracetopsail.com/

I look forward to worshiping the Lion and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, with you Sunday. – Steve

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