spiritual green card

Philippians 3:19-20
Their future is eternal destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and all they think about is this life here on earth.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. (NLT)

Phil 3:19-21
But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

20 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

“Christians should carry spiritual green cards to remind us that our citizenship is in heaven. ” Purpose Driven Life. We should change the way we think. Our emphasis should not be on what we have to do here and now that relates to our natural, physical life, but on what we should do here and now that relates to our spiritual life, what we do for Him and His kingdom. It’s about priorities and what consumes our thoughts.

I’m sure on Saturday’s Day of Blessing, there were a lot of other things that could have demanded our attention. The teams that worked Shamokin for the kingdom of God were working for eternity, not the present. Just one example.

Some who were not a part of those teams were also working for the kingdom but in other ways and in other places. It’s all about the emphasis. Is it about me and my good time, or me and my things, or me and my work; or is it about Him and what earns “treasures in heaven”?

You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God. James 4:4 (Msg) emphasis mine


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