23 Sep I’m on a Work Trip
I’m on a work trip.
I have a friend who is an in-house attorney for one of the largest companies in the US. This particular company has two headquarters – one in Texas and one in California. Almost every work trip she goes on is to a beach, and she’s always posting photos of the beautiful views she gets to enjoy while she’s working. While I know she’d love to lay on the beach, she’s the hardest worker I know, and she has work to do while she’s there – she’s on a work trip after all.
In February, our Bible study went through the book of Philippians, and one verse in particular has stuck with me ever since:
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” -Philippians 3:20
This one verse has changed the way I view my life. Wait, I’m a citizen of HEAVEN… not a citizen of this world! When I see things through this lense, everything changes! If I’m a citizen of heaven, then I’m here on a trip… I’m here on a trip, and there’s work to be done… I’m here on a work trip, and then I’ll go home.
- When you’re a citizen of heaven, you must act like it when things get hard… there’s work to do.
- When you’re a citizen of heaven, the trials and tribulations of this world are just a part of the job… there’s work to do.
- When you’re a citizen of heaven, your perspective shifts from a short-sighted one to an eternal one… there’s work to so.
I’m a citizen of heaven. Knowing this changes everything. All of the sudden, what matters most to this world can’t matter most to me… I don’t belong here… I’m just here on business.
So… if we’re here on business, what’s our job description? Jesus says first and foremost, we are to love the Lord with all our heart and soul and mind and strength… and to also love others. That’s it. That’s our job – to spread the love of Jesus!
In what ways will shifting your citizenship to heaven change your day-to-day. Will it change how you treat others? Will it change how to you walk through your day? Will it change how you view tragedy or conflict? Today, I urge you to remember where you came from – where does your citizenship lie?