Escapism

Tuesday, June 2

Some people think that we dwell too much on heaven. “He’s so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good.” The Bible teaches us just the opposite. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Col. 3:1-2. There is a sense in which the above statement is true, however. If all we think of is heaven and we neglect the present opportunities to reach out to the lost, we’ve lost perspective. While in this world we have a job to do. Day dreaming about heaven is avoiding our assignment. Dan Schaeffer calls it “escapism” and adds that too much of the time dwelling on heaven is caused by current issues that we would like to forget or avoid. Dreaming of heaven can be a escape, just as liquor or drugs might be for non-believers. The Biblical view is that our future is in heaven, and our ability to live in this world as ambassadors comes from the heavenly realm. Our understanding of our future life should encourage us to go ahead with our mission. After giving information about our “going home” (1Thes. 5:1-10), Paul tells us to “encourage one another with these words.”

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