Our Citizenship Is In Heaven
by Tom Harrison
I write this on July 4, and I am so grateful for our great country and that I am a citizen of the United States of America. However, those with faith in Christ have a dual citizenship. I’m even more grateful for my citizenship in heaven.
As Saul traveled on the road to Damascus to persecute Christians, he was impressed with his own righteousness. When he met Jesus, everything changed. Even Saul’s name changed. “Paul” means “small” or “humble.” His name change reflected his shift from trying to be perfect to meeting the ONLY One who is perfect. While Paul recognized his limitations and imperfections, that did not mean he just threw in the towel and quit trying. Rather he would “press on” to grow, improve, and get better. He was not saved BY his good deeds, but he was saved FOR good deeds.
In our Philippians 3:12-21 text this week, Paul has the end in mind. He always brings the conversation back to the resurrected Lord. As Jim Stovall said, “We need three things to be happy: Something (meaningful) to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” Paul found someone to love in Jesus Christ. If we have Jesus, like Paul, we have something to do and eternal life to look forward to.
We are reading about the life and words of Paul this week. Sunday’s sermon is called, “Our Citizenship is in Heaven.”
Tuesday: Acts 21:27-40
Wednesday: Acts 22:22-29
Thursday: Acts 23
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
Saturday: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Sunday: Philippians 3:12-21
See you Sunday!