PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 6/2/2019

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 ESV)…

Christians are a strange people in this world. The author of Hebrews tells us that men and women of faith are strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13). Peter says that Christians are sojourners and exiles in this world (1 Peter 2:11). And Jesus Himself said of all of His true disciples, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:16 ESV). We live in this world, and we are to be in and among this world for a time, but all the while we are to show ourselves to be otherworldly…

This world is not our home. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a home; Jesus is our home. In the eyes of the world we are strange and don’t belong, but because of Jesus, in the eyes of God we are no longer strangers and aliens, but we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19). Because of God’s grace in Christ, because we are untied to Christ by faith, our citizenship is in heaven because our citizenship is with Christ. In fact, our heavenly citizenship is not in a place called heaven, but in a person called Jesus. Jesus is our home; that’s why we eagerly await the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Not only do we want all the benefits of His second coming—no more sin, no more pain, no more death, no more tears—but more than anything we want Him. And He’s what we get for all eternity: He will dwell with us, and He will be our God and we will be His people (Revelation 21).

What fundamentally makes us so different than the world is our love for Jesus. What marks us out as citizens of heaven is that we love, long for, and live for our heavenly King. We are otherworldly because our greatest treasure is not of this world. In Philippians 3:19 Paul lays out the contrast between worldly citizens and heavenly citizens: “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” But Christians are not like this world: our minds are set on our heavenly King. We await Jesus, our great love and treasure…

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick