“Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
At the end of time, we will all face the Lord, and He will want to know how we used our time on earth to get ready for eternity. If we only live for earth, all we will receive is earth. But once we start living for heaven, earth is just a bonus to the eternal existence we will enjoy.
If you are in Christ, you have no reason to fear death because when you die, you will instantly be with God. Paul said to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Paul got a glimpse of what comes next when he was “caught up to the third heaven” (2 Corinthians 12:2). And Paul set the example for us when he told us to set our minds on things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Paul’s mind was on heaven, but he was still functioning for the Lord here on earth. He was heavenly minded but still did earthly good. Because he lived in light of His eternal purpose, he made his life decisions an eternal point of view. The way you view your tomorrow ought to affect the way you live your today. Are you investing in the kingdom for eternity?