May 5, 2021
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. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV
Notice the present tense regarding our citizenship. It is in heaven. Indeed, Paul’s exhortation aligns with Jesus’ promise to his disciples that he would go and prepare a place for them in his Father’s house (John 14:2). In other words, we who love and trust our Savior can rest assured that our future place in the heavenly realm is secure. But there is more good news. By the power that enables Jesus to “subject all things to himself” (verse 21 and 2:9-10) our decaying earthly bodies will be transformed into glorified bodies that will live on for all eternity. For those of us who are feeling the wear and tear of aging, this is very good new—haha!
So what is the takeaway? Paul tells us in the next verse: Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved (4:1). Stand firm; don’t panic. Our trials and suffering, our aches and pains, are only temporary. Heaven awaits us.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling