Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Earthly-Mindedness -- Chapter 7

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapter 1 summary here, Chapter 2 summary here, Chapter 3 summary here, Chapter 4 summary here, Chapter 5 summary here, and Chapter 6 summary here.

In Chapter 7 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at eleven considerations to take the mind off of  earthly-mindedness:
  1. Consider that if you possess all the things of the earth that your mind and heart are upon, there is still not enough good in them as to undo the evil of the least sin.
  2. Consider that the choicest things of the earth have been and are the portion of reprobates.
  3. Consider that God has made man for higher things than the things of the earth.
  4. Consider that the soul of a man is too high a birth to have the strength of it spent about the things of the earth.
  5. Consider that all things of the earth are uncertain.
  6. Consider what has become of such men in former ages.
  7. Consider how short your time is in this world.
  8. Consider that a little will serve your purpose and carry you through this world.
  9. Consider that there is no good to be had in them further than God is pleased to let himself through them.
  10. Consider that if you are godly, God promises to take care of you for the things of the earth.
  11. Consider that all who are professors of religion should be dead to the world.
As I've been reading this book, Mr. Burroughs has convinced me that I'm earthly-minded, so the one question that keeps popping up in my mind is "What do I think about?"  As usual, Mr. Burroughs provides a simple, yet convicting answer:
"Let me tell you if you had but one sinful thought, there is more evil in that than there is good in all that you shall get all the days of your life.  And, if this is so, it concerns you rather to have your mind on how to avoid sin, how to get the evil of sin removed, and how to get your sin mortified.  That ought to concern you more than minding and plotting about the things of the earth."
In my next post for this series, we will look at the five directions of how to get our hearts free from earthly-mindedness in chapter 8.

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"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God," (Col. 3:1-3).