Our Citizenship Is In Heaven

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Our Citizenship Is In Heaven - Philippians 3:20-21 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Our Citizenship Is In Heaven – Philippians 3:20-21 – Growing As Disciples

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Look Forward

Do you trust me? Yes, I trust you. I hear you saying that now. It’s easy to say that when you are sitting in that chair. How about when the world seems out of control? Do you trust me then? Yes, I trust you then. Let’s get a little more specific and personal. When your world seems out of control and things aren’t going your way, do you trust me then? I’m getting a little uncomfortable with this line of questioning. I thought you might. Why is that? I’ve seen you when things don’t go as you hoped or planned. What do I look like to you? You look worried and frantic. It’s obvious that you are very uncomfortable. That’s true. Where is your trust in these worried and frantic moments of yours? I’m not sure. What do you mean you’re not sure? Well, in these moments trust is probably the last thing on my mind. Why is that? My focus turns to getting out of the difficulty that I’m in. All my efforts become engaged to eliminate the problem I’m facing. So the question in my mind is not, “who do I trust, but what can I do”? Doesn’t it seem obvious to you where you are placing your trust then? I guess it does. Where is it? I want to hear you say it. Alright, when I am in great difficulty and facing problems I often put my trust in myself. Good, I’m glad to hear you say that. How could you possibly be glad to hear that? I’m glad that you are not hiding this and that you are willing to confess it to me. I see.

Actually, you don’t see. What do you mean? You are looking at life incorrectly. How so? You are thinking and living as if what you see is all there is. I don’t understand. What if you had a different focus? Like what? What would change if you really began to believe that you are just a visitor here and that your real home and life is elsewhere? Like in heaven with you? Yes, you got it. If I had that perspective I would be less worried and frantic, that’s for sure. Why is that? I would know that my problems are very temporary. They would really begin to loose their grip on me. In fact, all my problems and difficulties in life might just help to remind me that this life is temporary and that one day I will live forever in heaven with you. What will happen then? I will have a glorious new body and everything will be under your control. That’s a lot to look forward to, isn’t it? Yes, it is. Let that grab your attention and be your focus as you live your life for me through whatever difficulties you face. With your help, I will.  

Lord, my eyes are on you and not on the troubles I face in this life. Thank you for reminding me that this life is temporary and that I am just passing through. As I await your return, help me to live my life fully for your glory.  Amen

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Our Citizenship Is In Heaven

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 51 - Philippians 3:17-21 - Our Citizenship Is In Heaven - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 51 – Philippians 3:17-21 – Our Citizenship Is In Heaven – Growing As Disciples

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.  For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:17-21 (NIV) 

Your Citizenship 

Your citizenship is not on this earth. You are just passing through this life. Your life on earth is like the snap of the fingers or the blink of an eye. Your life on earth is like the mist on the ground in the morning but by midday is completely gone. All that you now see is like the water on the sun scorched road just ahead. Don’t live for a mirage. Don’t seek what will not satisfy. Don’t allow your life to become all about seeking comfort and pleasure. Don’t try to accumulate what you cannot keep. Do all these thoughts discourage you? Does the shortness of your life on earth sadden you? No, these thoughts do not discourage me. No, the shortness of my life does not sadden me. Why is that? What is your hope? One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. You have a place prepared and kept and guarded in heaven for me. Yes, I do. The glories of this life will not compare to the splendor of heaven. In heaven there will be no sickness or sadness or mourning or death. Your glory will fill heaven. I will be breathless and in awe and bowed down before you in heaven. Praise and worship and thanksgiving will fill my heart and mind when I am in heaven with you. I will be made new in heaven. My old and tired and worn out earthly body will no longer be with me. I will have a new and glorious body like yours, when I join you in heaven. Yes, you will. 

So, how will you use your remaining time on earth? What will be your focus? What will be your passion? I will tell you one thing for certain. What’s that? My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I am eagerly waiting your return or my coming to you, whichever comes sooner. How will focusing your heart and mind and life on me guide the use of your time? I will invest my life in the things of heaven rather than on the things of earth. How so? I will seek to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will allow you to use me as your witness in the world. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will allow your light and life to shine through me so that others will come to know and love and follow and serve you. That will be very good. Yes, it will. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, my heart and mind and life are completely focused on you. Thank you that my citizenship is in heaven with you. One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. In the meantime, help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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Our Citizenship

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 53 - Philippians 3:20-21 - Our Citizenship - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 53 – Philippians 3:20-21 – Our Citizenship – Growing As Disciples

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Eagerly Await

That is what is on my heart and mind. What is on your heart and mind? Eagerly awaiting you, as my Savior from heaven, is on my heart and mind. Tell me more about that. Everything has changed about me since I have come to more fully realize that my true home is in heaven with you. I am just passing through this life. This life is not all that there is. This life is like a mirage. This life will quickly pass away. It is foolish to live for the things of this life. It is a tragic mistake to allow my heart and mind and life to be focused on this earth. You have given me an eternal focus. You are helping me to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. You are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. How so? I no longer am working for what will quickly pass away. That is not my chief endeavor. That is not my primary job. I will no longer be trying to store up treasure in heaven. What will you do instead? I will store up treasure in heaven with you. How will you store up treasure in heaven with me? I will listen to your instructions. I will follow your guidance. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will be storing up treasure in heaven as I keep on going and doing your will. That is true.

How are you comforted and encouraged and inspired as you keep your heart and mind and life focused on me and your life forever in heaven? As I focus my heart and mind and life on you, I know that I am being changed. Day by day, moment by moment you are changing me. You are helping me to live the life you have called me to live. You are making me able to be the person you have planned me to be. You are helping me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I am. However, what is also really exciting is that all the changes you are doing in me now will not compare with how I will be changed when I come to live forever in heaven with you. You will transform my lowly body into a glorious body, just like yours. That is comforting. That is encouraging. That is inspiring. Yes, it is. I will keep on passionately loving and following and serving you with all that is within me. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you that my true home is in heaven with you. I am just passing through this life. I eagerly await the day when I will come to live forever in heaven with you. In the meantime, help me to passionately live my life as a bold witness for you in this world. Amen

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