Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
What are our earthly concerns? What absorbs us? Something different for different people, no doubt. Those are important concerns, at least some of them are. We want the surgeon to be very concerned about anatomy. I sure hope the person who designed that bridge was paying attention. And I have been to some concerts where the concert artist wasn't concerned enough . . .
We don't want to be "so heavenly minded we are no earthly good." But in Colossians 3 Paul does remind the Church that our real life is in Christ. It is a heavenly thing. Our attention is supposed to focus on what is eternal.
All our earthly concerns are merely a reflection of heavenly reality. That means our work with medicine, engineering, performance arts, or anything else the Lord has given us is a reflection of God's perfect kingdom. We are to engage with it to the best of our ability, and to ask God's strength to do it even better. But in the end, it is something seen in a mirror.
The reality, the fulfillment, the perfection, is eternal. We look to eternal concerns first. Then the temporal can fall into place.
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