I belong to heaven so time to act that way
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it. Philippians 1:27-30 (New Living Translation)
Wow this is massively challenging to me right now! I must live as citizen of heaven, conducting myself in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. The bit that really hit home was the phrase ‘citizens of heaven’ the challenging idea that my primary citizenship isn’t Australian or British but of heaven. The greek behind it is politeuomai which talks of how I order my life, how I conduct myself and behave. So I should seek to act in a way that brings glory to God, that tells the story of Jesus not of me. And this is the key distinction, is that I live my life with the intention of serving, of loving, of doing what is right as a Christian, rather than pursuing my own selfish ambition or goals. And this is big for me, really big. I am at a crossroads where I can so easily chase after self gratification, make my focus my own needs, but through this reading and other recent reflections God is reminding me to remain focused as best I can on Him, on serving Him.
And I discovered that ‘citizens of heaven’ also can mean to govern a city or state, that is, to be involved in running a society. And that takes order, hard work; it involves careful thought and an awareness of what people within the society need. It takes planning and intentionality, not something that will just happen. And that speaks volumes to me right now, I need to make the time to learn God’s way, through going deep into the Word, through prayer, reading books and through conversations with others. But the key is I need to make the effort – like I am running an organisation, I need to plan ahead think through what areas I want to learn about and then take the time to pray, to research and find the answers as best I can.
And so I just loved reading all the suggestions as to what I can teach about on this blog going forward, so many amazing topics!! (Click here to check them out.) So thanks for those who posted suggestions! Once I have completed working through Philippians I will work out a teaching plan based on your suggestions.
God bless ya!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The portions for the next couple of days are: Mark 13-14; 2 Corinthians 1-3; Exodus 17-20 (I don’t post on Saturday hence extra reading!)
To access the complete plan for the year click here