Can Christians Really Be Too Heavenly Minded?

I’ve often heard people say something to the effect of, “You know, you can be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.”

Sounds pretty good, but is that really sound advice? I think not. God’s Word commands us to be as heavenly minded as we can be:

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3.2 (ESV)

…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith… – Hebrews 12.2 (NASB)

C. S. Lewis reminds us that being so heavenly minded actually makes us the most fit for life on earth:

If ou read history you will find that the Christians who did most of rhte present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

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One thought on “Can Christians Really Be Too Heavenly Minded?”

  1. I think that the phrase “You know, you can be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” is incorrectly applied from it’s intended application. The phrase is not referring to a person who is constantly thinking about God and heavenly ways, but rather to someone who makes so much of spiritual matters that their lives become practically ineffectual here on earth whereby they produce no fruit (as per your blog leading statement). To hand out your c.v. and then to put your faith in God that He will bring a suitable job into your life is preparing the alter for God’s blessing and thereby being heavenly minded. To sit at home and watch tv all day and then say “I’m not going to hand out my c.v. because I’m putting my faith in God that He will bring a suitable job into my life” is the intention of using the mocking phrase that a person is being heavenly-minded and earthly no good. The intention is not a God-honouring “heavenly-mindedness”.

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