Our Citizenship

Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)

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

I think in a time like this when there are so many uncertainties, we must turn to the one thing that is certain in this life, our salvation through the blood of Christ. This world is going absolutely crazy. I am not here to speak of the validity of this hysteria, instead, I want to look at our eternal promise.

Where Is Your Treasure?

The look on the stockbroker’s faces as fear turned to panic as Covid-19 took solid grasp of the United States economy. Their hope, their dreams, their life savings, (or that of those they manage) started to fade away. Their hope and trust were put in treasures where moth, rust, and Corona can destroy. The question is, where is your treasure? Matthew 6:19–21 reminds us… (19) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I have talked many times about money in this devotional and have always been very clear that having money is not inherently bad. Money can do many good things to advance the kingdom. Money in this case, however, shows where they put their trust, it has become their treasure.

Where Is Your Hope?

It is very clear how much trust and hope we put in our government’s hand. We turn to the CDC for answers and guidance. We turn to the president for comfort. We place our hope in man’s ability to figure out the situation and give us a plan or instruction. If we have trustworthy people in those positions, this again is not necessarily a bad thing. However, we know someone with all the answers and all the hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 offers the following... (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope… I do not know what the immediate future looks like for you or me, but I do know that the Lord promises that His thoughts toward us are that of peace and hope. I will take God’s hope any day of the week!

Closing Thoughts:

While we should certainly be taking this health threat very seriously, we also have to understand where our hope lies. Our hope does not lie in this world, because we are not of this world. Be safe out there, follow the precautions our elected officials and medical professionals are outlining, but put your ultimate hope in the One we know we can depend upon!

Colossians 3:1–2 (NKJV)

1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

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