My favorite puritan preacher was a man named Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646). While he may not have been the most well known preacher of his day, his sermons are still amazingly insightful and practical for the Christian life. There is not a better book on the doctrine of reconciliation, in my estimation, than his titled"Gospel Reconciliation." In another work he penned, "A Treatise on Earthly-Mindedness," he ends the book with five practical directions on how to get our hearts free from earthly-mindedness:
1. Be watchful over your thoughts. He writes, "Do not take liberty to let your hearts run too far in the things of the earth. What time you have for meditation, let it be as much as can be reserved for spiritual things.
2. Be humbled greatly by sin. "Just let God lay the weight and burden of sin upon the soul, for that will take off the soul from earthly things quickly!"
3. Take notice of the example of the saints of God in past generations. He suggests reading Hebrews 11:13 and 11:37 to see those who did not recieve the promise of God in their lifetime, but saw them afar and believed them and embraced them.
4. Consider the account you must give to God for all earthly things. "And consider, what if you were now to die and go the way of all flesh. What good would it be to me to remember what contentments and pleasures I had on earth?"
5. Above all, set Jesus Christ before you and be meditating on the death of Jesus Christ. "That's the great thing that will take the heart from the things of the earth. Be looking upon Christ crucified, how He who was the Lord of heaven and earth put himself into such a low condition merely to redeem us!"
Brothers and sisters, I can think of no greater thing we can do than these. Earthly mindedness is the great cancer to the Christian walk. "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus ..." (Phil. 2:5) My prayer is that we might seek to think more about Jesus than anything this world has to offer.