Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-21
“But our citizenship is in heaven.” (Philippians 3:20a)
We must constantly remember what our position here on earth is — we are sojourners and exiles. “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (I Peter 2:11). We are not to set our minds on earthly things (v. 18). Our position here is temporary and therefore, we must not allow ourselves to get too comfortable on earth. Our citizenship is in heaven. Heaven is our true home and destiny.
Believers have a special relationship to heaven. We have been born from above; it is heaven that gave us our spiritual birth. Our names are inscribed on heaven’s register. We are destined for glory in heaven.
Our lives are governed from heaven, where our God and King rules over all. And our rights as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father are secured in heaven. Our inheritance awaits us in heaven and places are being prepared for us there. Many of our friends and family members are in heaven now. We must live each day with heaven in mind.
While all these things are true, we still struggle with worldly mindsets. We put our hope on temporal things, but they will disappoint us at some point. We must work hard to look upward and to the future. We must develop a holy discomfort here on earth.
I recently officiated at a memorial service for an elderly saint. He had accomplished much in this world. He had been the CEO of three major corporations and he had many possession. At his service, I mentioned some of his accomplishments and successes. But I quickly pointed out that all those things did not matter at this point. The one thing that did matter was his faith in His Savior, who had come to get him and take him to his heavenly home.
Lord Jesus, forgive me when I get too comfortable here on earth. Let me remember that my true citizenship is in heaven. I look forward to seeing You face to face one day. Until then let me keep an eternal perspective as I live out my days on this earth.
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