“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Phil 3:20 (NIV)
Granny was in the hospital. She’d been in and out for almost a year as the cancer progressed. Despite the best treatment, it was apparent to everyone that she was gradually losing the battle. Fortunately, granny wasn’t in any pain but her frailty made her prone to falling. She enjoyed living in her apartment and she frequently had visitors, whether at home or in the hospital.
The one who was worried the most about granny was her youngest daughter, Margot, who had three daughters of her own. Margot was concerned that her Mom wasn ‘t comfortable or able to attend the church services with any kind of regularity. Granny finally assured her. “Whether Jesus comes first or He calls me home,” said granny, “I’ll be just fine. I am a citizen of Heaven!”
Perhaps we won’t achieve everything we want to in this life. Maybe things just won’t go right. I am sure there will be times when we despair or want to just pack it in. Yet, under any circumstance, no matter where we are or what happens to us, God has already nominated His children as a citizen of Heaven.
Surely, our citizenship in Christ is the best inheritance of all?
“Live wisely in front of outsiders. Take advantage of every opportunity.” Col 4:5 (Simple English Bible)
Jessica didn’t think it was important to return a friend’s call. She’d been looking for a good job after graduating from college but there didn’t seem to be much response to the many letters and applications she’d made. Her friend, Kay, had asked her to stop by for lunch or coffee but Kay lived 40 miles away and Jessica was focused on finding work. She couldn’t understand why she wasn’t being successful — she always dressed well, was polite and felt as a college graduate that it would be an advantage.
Kay kept calling and finally, Jessica went over. Her friend offered her a job! It wasn’t a very prestigious position nor was the pay that good. But out of desperation, Jessica accepted. During the first week, one of Kay’s clients noticed how hard Jessica was working — she always had a bright smile and was enthusiastic despite the drudgery. He learned she was a committed Christian. The client offered Jessica a position in his company with her own office.
Sometimes, we do not know the impact we have on people. Perhaps some of us are too engrossed in what we are doing, perhaps frustrated or upset that things aren’t going our way. Paul encouraged the Christians in Colossae to be aware of who we are and the impact we have upon others. Our attitude and lifestyle should always reveal Christ.
“They said to each other: While Jesus was talking to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us when He explained the true meaning of the Scriptures.” Lk 24:32 (Simple English Bible)
When I was younger (last century, actually), I wondered what Jesus had discussed on the road to Emmaus that caused the two men to feel as if there was a fire burning in them. Luke earlier recorded that Christ had explained the Old Testament prophecies concerning Himself and that He was fulfilment of these prophecies.
The two travellers were Jews, who were probably familiar with the Scriptures, having been read and explained in the synagogues. Perhaps they didn’t quite understand the details except that one day, the Messiah would be revealed. That Jesus was that fulfilment, would be exciting news indeed but what was it that Christ explained that caused this inner burning?
I believe it was the revelation that He had arisen from the dead! That Jesus has the power over death itself. That all who are faithful to Him until death will also experience a resurrection. And this is the very hope of glory!
Feel a burning now?