In our last blog post we talked about what Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Philippi about our Citizenship in Heaven. Here is the rest of the blog post as well as the video.
WHAT DOES CITZENSHIP IN HEAVEN MEAN IN PRACTICE?
- The values you live by are not of this world. I am a Canadian living in the U.S. I critique the culture I live in by a different set of values. I always will. We must constantly remind ourselves that the values our culture takes as givens are mostly not the values of the Kingdom of God. A good rule of thumb is to understand this, “what people think is important God thinks is useless and what God thinks is important people think is useless”. Most of the time you can just turn the world’s values upside down and you will know what to believe. [Luke 15:16 “…What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.]
- Do not expect the same rights or rewards as those whose citizenship is of this world. The world rewards those who embrace it. The gains are real but they are short and ultimately terminal. As Christians our goals are long term, not short term. The most important promises we live for will not be fulfilled here on earth.
- Do not expect justice in this world. If you have a car accident in Mexico as a foreigner you will go to jail first and then negotiate to get out. Do not expect the world to be fair to you. Increasingly, as a Christian you are becoming a target for persecution. Expect it. It actually means you are on the right track!
- You will never feel truly at home in this life – because you are not at home. God has placed eternity in your heart and you should seriously worry when you find yourself truly feeling at home in this life.
Is it possible to be contented in this life here and now? Yes but only if you keep certain core beliefs in mind. Paul says one of the most important things he has ever said and he says it about $ but it is true for all of life. He says, Phil. 4:11“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances….I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” Paul’s secret is his radical attachment to Jesus and his understanding that his citizenship is in heaven. He has invested everything in His relationship with Jesus and he lives with a heavenly perspective therefore nothing on earth can shake him. This is our goal.