Let me make a final application on our Philippians 3 teaching series from this morning…
Philippians 3:20-21 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (ESV).
It’s important that in the midst of our life, as we deal with struggles and consequences of sin, that we remain focused on our future. We are “citizens” of heaven and that is where our heart ought to be. This world is not our home.
The KJV translates this verse as “our conversation is in heaven” and that is because the Greek word has the implication of “speech” to it, which means our speech gives away our citizenship.
Keeping in mind that we are citizens of Heaven makes it easier to hold loosely to the things of our past. We may grieve our lost loved-ones, the empty nest, and lament the passing of time, but we are comforted that the day is fast approaching when all will be new and eternity will be our normal lot.
It’s comforting to remind ourselves from time to time that we are merely passing through this world to our home in Heaven and “we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform” us to be like Him, forever.
And to that, I say Amen!