Philippians 3:20-21

For our citizenship is is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform he body of our humble state
into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power
that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Philippians 3:20-21
When Paul wrote to the Church of Philippi to tell them they were “citizens of heaven,” they immediately knew the implications of this statement. Philippi was a Roman colony located outside of Rome. Though Philippi is hundreds of miles outside of Rome, it felt as though it was inside of Rome. The Philippians were devoted to protecting and preserving the Roman way of life. The Roman laws, language, values, food, smells, and entertainment were all the same as the Philippian way of life.  If you were a visitor to this Roman colony, you would feel like you were visiting Rome.
 
Just as Philippians were living like Romans, he urged the Church to live as citizens of heaven, rather than citizens of earth. Though the Philippians lived HERE on earth, Paul was challenging the Philippians to live like they were THERE in heaven.
 
Which begs the question, how should we live as citizens of heaven? For starters, it means we live with our inheritance in mind. An inheritance that is so rich that ‘no eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.’ This isn’t just a nice chunk of change or some nice stuff that we get, our inheritance is something so amazing we are unable to even describe or comprehend it!
 
When we lose sight of the inheritance we have received through Christ, we live without hope. We may feel like it is all on our shoulders to survive famine, fire, or flood. Whereas when we keep our inheritance on the forefront of our minds, it produces living hope in us. Living hope that helps us see past the fire, flood, or famine we may be in. But even better than seeing past current trials, our inheritance promises that Christ is in our current trial with us. So, fix your eyes on our inheritance. Today, may your prayer be that of Jonathan Edward’s: ‘Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.’

Questions for reflection: 
  1. Does knowing you have an eternal inheritance shape your daily life now? If so, how?
  2. What could you do today that might help you focus on your inheritance throughout your day?
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director 

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