How often through the years have we heard a “certain somebody” in a sermon described as being “so heavenly minded they are no earthly good?” Of course we must admit that certainly it is possible to have such a misguided, out of balance, extreme focus on Heaven that we neglect the natural, earthly needs of those around us. Ironically, this condition is not found anywhere in the scripture. Personally, having been raised in the church and around Christian people most of my life, I honestly feel this illness is very rare, so rare that it should seldom if ever be mentioned.
What is mentioned, on the other hand, in many ways, and over and over again in the scriptures are individuals, churches, communities or whole nations which are so earthly minded that they are of little heavenly good! So, if there is no reference in the Bible of the “so heavenly minded they are no earthly good people” then let’s look at the references to the opposite!
Paul, in Acts 15:38, makes it clear to Barnabas that he did not want to take John Mark with them in their journey to visit all the cities where they had planted churches. The reason was that Paul remembered that John Mark had left them once on another missionary journey, as mentioned in Acts 13:13. We can only speculate, but it seems that in all likelihood Mark, having gotten homesick, or had grown weary of the rigors of travel and persecution, headed back to Jerusalem. Paul and Barnabas ended up getting in such a heated debate over Mark coming along, that Barnabas decided to take Mark and go in another direction. God eventually used Mark in mighty ways as he matured in the Lord. A thought provoking side note here is that sometimes God has two plans instead of one! At this point in his life however, Mark was certainly so earthly minded he was of little Heavenly good!
Later on in the New Testament, we have the story of Demas. In 2nd Timothy 4:10b (KJB) Paul states “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica”. He is saying that Demas was so earthly minded he was of no heavenly good! It does not say here, however, that Paul refused to let him come along as he did with John Mark. No, Demas just left!
In the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:22, Jesus was giving an explanation of the seed that fell among thorns. “He also that received the seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches come in and choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful”. In this parable Jesus is showing in another way how some believers through “the cares of this world” and the “deceitfulness of riches” become unproductive and bear no fruit for the Kingdom of God, again being so earthly minded they are of little heavenly good.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness