“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).” (Colossians 3:2-5) You’ve maybe heard the saying, “He’s so heavenly minded, that he’s no earthly good!” That of course refers to folks who are so focused upon their faith that they forget that the way in which we treat our neighbors is a fairly substantial part of our faith! Paul isn’t advocating that when he reminds us to set our minds on our future reality which is promised us through our relationship with Jesus. He is reminding us to live today as we will tomorrow. Stop acting like we are still trapped in our past lives of impurity, covetousness and greed. I find the greed part particularly intriguing because Paul clearly links our unwillingness to be generous with a life which does not worship the true God. Isn’t it interesting that when we forget the importance of giving we also forget who God really is? This is so important that Paul makes the same linkage in Ephesians 5:5. There is something very important about how our ability to let go of the things which we would cling to, allows us to come to see in new ways the truth of who God really is. We do belong to Jesus; now how can we act so that reality is truly displayed?