Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 3:1-4

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (v. 2)

So often we hear the opposite of Paul’s advice: “Get your head out of the clouds.” “She’s too heavenly-minded to be any earthly good.” Does God expect us to become distracted daydreamers? There is a better way to understand these verses, one that doesn’t remove us from reality.

It’s easy to become numbed to injustice and poverty here in Mexico City since I see it every day. It’s also easy to succumb to sinful urges (like overly aggressive driving!) because everyone else here does it. But setting my mind on things above means keeping the goal in sight. It means envisioning my world the way it was meant to be, the way it will be when Jesus finishes remodeling it. Heavenly-mindedness means refusing to accept things as they are. It doesn’t mean ignoring this earth; it means trying to make it more like heaven.

As people who have been raised with Jesus to a new “heavenly” life, we have a spectacular opportunity to be previews of that life here and now. But this will require us to reflect on what that life might look like, so that we can begin living it out in the present.


Lord lift my eyes to heaven, so that I might see my life and world through your eyes.