How to Set Your Heart on Things Above

Craig Larson tells about driving to work in a suburb of Chicago and seeing an SUV with the words Texas Longhorns prominently displayed on the spare tire case. The trailer hitch was adorned with a steer-head. The license plate frame was bordered, top and bottom, with the words Longhorns and University of Texas.

But the license plate itself read, “Land of Lincoln.” Here was a person who had undergone a great transition, had moved from Texas to Illinois, but whose mind and heart was still in his former place. He didn’t yet identify with his new home.

So with us: we must identify with our new home, with the Kingdom of God; and with the head of our home, Jesus Christ. It is crucial that we think of ourselves as belonging there, not to what the Bible refers to as the Kingdom of the World.

How do we do that? The classic step of identification is baptism. In baptism you identify yourself as Christ’s person before the world. If you have not been baptized, consider taking this important step.

It is also important for us to invest in the Kingdom of God. If you want to set your mind and your heart there, put your treasure there. “For where your treasure is,” Jesus said, “there your heart will be also.”[1] What did he mean by treasure? Well, certainly he meant your money. Start investing it in God’s kingdom. Give it to the poor. Give it to the church. Give until you feel it.

But money is not your only treasure. Even more precious is your time. Get involved in God’s work. Join a ministry team. Volunteer to serve the homeless and the needy. There are plenty of opportunities. Find one and get involved.

Another high value investment is your reputation. Let people know, as often as you can, that you are Christ’s person. Do it in subtle ways: invite them to church; mention something you’ve read in the Bible; put a bumper sticker on your car. Do it in obvious ways. Come right out and tell people you are a Christian; share your testimony; talk to them about Christ.

 If you invest in the kingdom of God, your heart will follow and, as surely as night follows day, your mind will follow your heart. Then your heart and mind will be set on things above and one day you will look up, see your Master suddenly standing with you and say, “You know, Lord, I was just thinking about you.”

[1] Matthew 6:21


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