We have all heard about people who are said to be “so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly use.” Perhaps there are a few such people. But most of those in this world—many Christians among them—are so wrapped up in the things of this earth that they have no time for heaven or eternal values.
The Christian should realize that he has changed his citizenship. In praying for his disciples, our Lord said, “I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:15, 16, RSV).
When the seventy returned from their mission, they were rejoicing that even the demons were subject to the name of Jesus. The Lord’s reply was, “Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
Speaking of the heroes of faith, the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says, “These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” (Hebr. 11:13–16).
Moses, the same writer says, “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.… He endured as seeing him who is invisible” (vv. 25, 27b).
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