Heavenly Mindedness and Eternal Significance …
The pastor in the church which I attend mentioned this phrase a few weeks ago. I was pondering over some thoughts regarding decision making and this phrase came back to me in the midst of those thoughts.
The thought which I had was what do you decide to do when you have two conflicting decisions/appointments? The idea which followed was you do whatever one will have more of an eternal significance. Something which will make a greater impact for the glory of God’s kingdom expanding here on earth, allowing God’s Spirit to use us as He wills.
You may have two very good worthwhile things to be doing, which one would be of greater eternal significance? I think when we start thinking like this, decisions can come a lot easier.
Now what do you do when your meant to be on the tea duty or leading the worship or even preaching on a Sunday morning and something else comes up? Do you disregard everything no matter what it is because you have an obligation/commitment that you have made? I would say if what comes up would glorify God more and help share the Gospel to at least one person you drop everything no matter how important it may be, no matter whom you may feel you are letting down. If God’s name will be glorified, if the Light of Christ will shine better through what you are going to undertake instead, no matter how little or insignificant it may seem to others you have the obligation first to God and to His Kingdom.
Now I am not saying here to disrespect our commitments and obligations I am just cautioning us that, when necessary, we need to weigh some of these decisions in the balance of eternity. Some things we too easily pass over because we are too focused on what we have planned and committed to that we neglect to see the opportunities God puts before us to share His love, to share His gospel.
A song we have recently been singing in church, a favourite of many, is “Build your Kingdom Here” by Rend Collective experiment. And the theme of this song should be the driving force of the Christian heart, which is for the world to know the Gospel. And we need to be the carriers of that Gospel. That is what it means to build God’s Kingdom, not that we can force an increase but that when we are humbly obedient to God’s call on our lives to share His gospel in humility and love He will build His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
This is what being heavenly minded is. To make decisions of an eternal significance.