For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;Philippians 3:20(NASB)
As believers in Christ, we are citizens of another country and subjects of our glorious King. Our loyalty is to another state and our conversation and delight should reside in heavenly places. We are simply pilgrims passing through this mortal coil, sojourning on earth for a brief life-span, and so we should not be mindful of earthly things that pass away, but we should fix our hearts on the coming king, looking for Jesus, our soon coming Lord. Heavenly citizenship should be a highly prized goal, and integrity should be the outworking of our lives, whether seen by many or executed in the privacy of our own home.
All our discussions and dealings while passing through this life should honour our King, for we are all His representatives and ambassadors of heaven, and all our conversation and conduct should reflect the righteousness of Jesus with which we are clothed and covered.
Our eternal home is a gift from God, but it is only through faith in the spilt blood of Jesus that we have a full assurance of our heavenly inheritance. Our heavenly citizenship does not depend on our qualities, but on His work. Our passage to heaven is not an open way to all, but only to those in Him.
There are no benevolent, extra-terrestrial-beings lurking in the universe waiting to make contact with us as the media-mindset tries to portray, but rather the Church is the only being that is alien to earth, for we are a new creation in Him and our citizenship and conversation is in heaven.
May we be in the world (loving others, working with diligence, and glorifying God in our actions), while not being of the world (caught up in the things of the world). God has set eternity in our hearts and soon our days on this earth will end and we will be in our heavenly home forever. For we are a heavenly people with a heavenly inheritance and a heavenly King. And one day very soon we are going to be with Him.
Loving Lord, what a wonderful privilege it is to be part of Your heavenly family, as one of Your children. Thank You, Father, for all the grace and love that you have poured out on me to give me a heavenly inheritance. I pray that throughout the rest of my life on earth, I may glorify Your holy name in my conversation and conduct. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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