Reading: “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1–2
To win heaven, the mind must become heavenly; and to be heavenly, it must habituate itself to heavenly things and heavenly pursuits. It is a law of our mental constitution, that the mind assimilates in its tone and habits of thought with the subject which most engrosses its study. Hence it is that we sometimes become men of one idea. Now the contemplation of divine and spiritual themes has a powerful tendency to spiritualize and sanctify the mind.
It seems impossible to breathe a heavenly atmosphere, and not be heavenly; to study holy things, and not be holy; to admire the image of Christ, and not resemble Christ; to have frequent communion with Jesus upon the throne, and not catch some stray beam of His glory. And apart from Christ nothing is really pleasant and satisfying to the heavenly mind. Without Him, what a dreary, lonesome wilderness would this be!
But with Christ in the heart, and the heart resting in Christ—He in the center of our souls, and our affections and desires centering on Him—the desert loses its solitude and its desolateness. To have the eye resting on Jesus, all our heart-springs in Him, the spirit in frequent excursions where He dwells in light and glory, to lean upon Him and converse with Him as though He were actually walking by our side, sitting at our table, associating with us in our callings—this is heavenly-mindedness.
“This is a life of desire and prayer; but that [heaven] is a life of satisfaction and enjoyment.”—Richard Baxter
Adapted From Octavius Winslow.