Philippians 3:19b – 20a (NIV)
Their mind is set on earthly things.20 But our citizenship is in heaven.
We as Christ-followers are citizens of heaven. Have you ever really thought about that? As Christians, we know that our experiences on earth are purely temporary. But have you ever pondered what a wonderful future Jesus has in store for those who love and believe in Him? Earth is all we know, so it feels like home, yet compared to the magnificence of heaven, it’s like we are living in a foreign land.
Jesus says in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” We are citizens of Christ’s kingdom.
So how do we live in light of that? Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” In a sermon a while ago, Jake Scott gave a visual representation of our lives as Christians here on earth compared to eternity. He had a very long rope and colored just the tip of it red. The red part is life on earth and the rest of the rope and beyond represents eternity. God is asking us to give him the red part of our rope for his will and his purpose.
Imagine if each of us fixed our eyes on what is unseen and gave of ourselves wholly and completely to Christ’s kingdom work on earth. Imagine the lives we would touch and the joy of our reward in heaven. Imagine getting to heaven and hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Let us live each day as citizens of heaven.
Lord Jesus, thank you for preparing a place for me in your kingdom. Thank you for making me a citizen of heaven. Help me to live my life on earth wholly and completely sold out for you. Help me to give the short time I have on earth toward your kingdom work that I might store up treasures in heaven rather than treasures on earth.
By: JJ and Natalie Decker