As we continue going through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, we can see that he’s trying to give them an eternal perspective. Paul wants them, and us, to be looking forward to the return of Christ on Resurrection Day.
Our inheritance is going to be glorious in Christ. That means we need to be focused on what is ahead of us.
To do that, we need to understand the difference between us and the world.
As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:48-49
We know from Scripture that we were created from the dirt. Even the name, Adam means red, because of the color of the clay God used to form him.
That’s important because the word, earthly in the above verse literally means dirt-like. Just like Adam was dirt-like, we have the same makeup.
I’m glad that the story doesn’t end there. There’s a higher calling that we can share. This verse also talks about the Man from heaven – literally, the one from beyond the sky.
So now we have a choice. This passage tells us that we can wear like a garment, the likeness of dirt or the likeness from beyond the sky.
That’s the two different perspectives before us. You can have your eyes on the dirt, or on heaven. What do you focus most of your attention on?
But you might ask me why that’s so important. I’ll let Paul explain it.
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
1 Corinthians 15:50
To put it simply, dirt can’t inherit that which is beyond the sky. Unfortunately, too many of us want the inheritance of dirt.
What do I mean by that? Every material thing that we have in this world is either dug out of the dirt or grows from the dirt. Yes, even your computer chips are made of silicone which is simply refined dirt.
Why are we so mesmerized by the things from dirt, that we ignore the things from heaven – beyond the sky? We need to retool our priorities.
Scripture teaches us that this is how we do our best for Christ.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
We need to be eternity minded. That’s where our treasure resides. Allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse you from the “dirt mentality”. God’s kingdom offers us so much more.
Question: How do you know the difference between being earthly-minded vs. heavenly-minded?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi