From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 2 Corinthians 5:16
Please read and/or listen to 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 again today to let the whole passage continue to impact you. If you have the time, start with 4:16. Paul’s defense is continuing to take shape and clarify what it is that motivates him in his ministry. He has been given a new perspective. Once we are saved, we gain a new perspective. It may not be crystal clear immediately, but it becomes clearer as we get closer to Jesus and as we live our lives more for him. Our perspective moves away from the temporary, worldly, fleshly things and gazes upward to the heavenly things. We begin to see things considering eternity. It has been said that we can become so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good. I would argue that the greater danger is to be so earthly minded that we are of no good for heaven! Colossians 3:2 reminds us to set our minds on things that are above. We are definitely to be heavenly minded. When you begin to get this perspective, you begin to live for others because you see the eternal consequences of their choices. You see them considering eternity. You will have a heart for the lost that you never had before because you will see them as Christ sees them. You even gain a different perspective of Jesus. You will no longer see him as a good teacher or a good man who died on a cross. You will see him as your eternal King—the Son of God. You will keep looking upward for the direction and course for your life and for how to relate to people here as you live your life for Jesus. How heavenly minded are you?