HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20,21)

We must remember where our true citizenship is — “But our citizenship is in heaven.” We must not forget that we are but sojourners and exiles on this earth — “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). Our time on earth is limited. We are destined for an eternal home with the Lord.

As long as we are on this earth, we are in hostile territory. We have three powerful enemies — the world, the flesh and the devil. On this earth we will face spiritual battles. We must always be alert and resist the temptations that will come upon us. We must be prepared for battle. We will also face disappointments, difficulties and suffering while we are here.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is from the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (I John 2:15-17). We must remember that this world is passing away. We must not get too comfortable in it.

I confess that I do get too comfortable at times here. I forget that I am but a sojourner and exile on this earth. My days a limited here. There is nothing wrong with enjoying life on this earth, as long as we remember that God has something far greater in store for us. We should eagerly away the return of our Savior, for He shall usher in new heavens and a new earth where our eternal citizenship is.

Lord Jesus, I long for the day when You return and usher in the new heavens and new earth. You have so much in store for me, things I cannot begin to imagine. I am grateful for my citizenship in this country, but let me keep in mind that it is temporary. My true citizenship is in heaven where I will spend eternity with You. Don’t let me get too comfortable here. Enable me to fight the spiritual battles that come my way. I know that I am in hostile territory. But I also know that I am more than a conqueror through You.

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