For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.
There is an old saying that say that you are so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good. This saying could not be more wrong. Most of our day is usually spent on the daily worries of this world and not on eternal things. Most of us are so earthly minded that we are useless for eternal things. Peter was so focused on Jesus' bodily health that he was oblivious to the eternal purpose of the death of Christ, which is why Jesus rebuked him. We often do the same thing when we are so focused on the minuscule part of our life on earth. We put all our thoughts, words, deeds and effort into this short life, which is like a grain of sand in the desert compared with eternity. At times we are so consumed by our circumstances, which will be almost forgotten in a short period of time, that we are oblivious to our future in eternity. The world only can focus on the things of man but a Christian must live for eternity. Charles Spurgeon said,
“It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed.”
A practical way that we can set our minds on the things of God is by renewing our minds in the Scripture each morning. We must read the Scripture frequently, abundantly and deeply. We must memorize it and meditate on it. When we start our day with our mind set on the things of God, we can live for eternity throughout the day. We can stop throughout the day to read the Word and pray so that our minds will be re-focused if we begin to stray. We must be heavenly minded and look at every circumstance, trial, relationship, and every event that occurs in our day as a God-ordained appointment that will have an impact in eternity.