December 30

Where We Really Live

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ….

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I [Jesus] chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Hebrews 13:14 For here [on earth] we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

We don’t really live here. Of course, we are physically in this world, for now, but our life cannot be found here. We are citizens of heaven, and are not “of” (even while being “in”) this world.

This means more than one devotional could hope to cover. But that reality bursts with meaning for our lives here. For one, we can’t find our identity here in this world. According to Colossians 3, our life is hid with Christ in God—which directs us to heaven. We can’t discover our mission and purpose by looking around; that only confuses things. We must “set [our] mind on things above, not on things on the earth, to get understanding, context and direction.

We, once saved, have a direction—heaven and our life there. What God does in us, to us, and through us will only make complete sense once we are there (though He is gracious enough to supply occasional understanding to us here!). We are to be used here (the “good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”—Ephesians 2:10). But we are also being prepared for our lives in heaven. Jesus said He’s prepared a place for us (John 14:2) and sooner than we think, we will hear “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).

Home. What a powerful word. It resonates about as deeply as any word in a person’s language. Our home isn’t here. It’s awaiting us in heaven. As Abram left his former place to seek a new one, we don’t look around to see our home, but we look forward to when we finally go home. It’s where we’ll feel, well, at home. We’ll fit. We’ll make sense. We’ll have a healthy family around us. We will know more than ever that we belong. God is right now preparing you for that life.

So “reckon it to yourself” that you don’t ultimately belong here. We can build a career, a family, and even a reputation, and it can all be done in God. But all of it has the word “temporary” stamped all over it. What we do here can bring great joy to the Lord, and because of His grace, we can even manage to do great works here. But we’re citizens of heaven, and our identity and heart investments should be found there.

Prayer: Father, I get so distracted by who I think I am and what I think my role is here on earth. Help me to live in the light of heaven, being faithful to You as I live the life You’ve given me here. Thank You that I am an eternal being who has a home with You in eternity.


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