Not long ago I was listening to a minister preach the word when I was caught off guard by a statement that he made. I
was, "we can become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good!" As I pondered the thought of what was just said
scripture began to run through my mind. Phil:2:5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:, Phil:4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be
any praise, think on these things.Col:3:2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
If we are to have the mind of Christ and think on the things that are above we will have to become heavenly minded. I
have come to the conclusion that this is a false statement. Now it is possible that we can become so religious that we are
no good to the Kingdom of Heaven, or to anything here on earth. Jesus said, Unless your righteousness exceed the
righteousness of the Pharisees, you shall not enter into the Kingdom.
The righteousness of the Pharisees was an outward appearance of religion. A better than you attitude, so to speak. Such
as was the case when the two men came to God and stood afar off. One prayed forgive me Father for I am a sinner,
while the other prayed thank you Father that I'm not like that man over there.
Let's consider that mind of Christ. Did he ever become earthly minded? No. His mind stayed on the things that are above.
Which is also the teaching of Paul. The more his mind was on the things of God, the closer to God he was. So in fact,
the more heavenly minded he became, the more he was able to do for the Kingdom of God, because of the closeness he
shared with the Father.
Jesus kept his mind on the things of God, not the things of man. His purpose was to do the Fathers will, not the will of
man. His focus was on the needs of man. And that need was to have a personal relationship with God. He was always
heavenly minded. That was the problem that the Pharisees had with him from the beginning of His ministry.. He
overlooked that which did not concern God. By doing so, he kept his mind free from carnality, religion, rituals, self
glory, and false worship.
There is no possible way that you can be truly heavenly minded and be no earthly good. Such a statement could be used
to belittle or ridicule others, but it is not valid in Gods word.
I don't know where this statement originated, but I do know that anyone who believes it needs to be wakened. Anyone
who claims to be a Christian, (let me define that for you, A Follower of Christ,) should be informed and aware, that they
are following the teachings of the most heavenly minded individual that ever walked the face of this planet.
You can become so heavenly minded that you're no earthly good? I don't think so. But, that's just my opinion.