Keeping a Heavenward Perspective
July 2, 2020, 10:15 AM

In Philippians 3 Paul describes those “who mind earthly things” (vs. 19).  Paul’s intent is to remind those of us who are in Christ that this is not to be our perspective in life.  We are not to live as those who see life as only in the here and now.  Paul gives us the contrast in vs. 20.  “For our citizenship is in heaven from where we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  We need to recognize just who we are!  As Christians the hope of heaven should define our lives here on earth.  After all, we are citizens of heaven.  That is our eternal home and destiny.  We will spend eternity there.  That reality should become the focus of our lives here.

But there’s more!  Paul goes on to tell us in vs. 21 that we will be eternally transformed.  The Lord Jesus Christ will “change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.”  This transformation has already begun.  When we come to know Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the process of transformation that we call salvation started.  It started internally.  And one day it will be completed when our physical bodies are transformed.

Recognize that this world is not your home.  Realize that you will be eternally transformed into the glorious image of Christ.  This world is not all there is.  Those who put their hope in what this world can offer are always disappointed.  This world will never fill up the empty place you have in your heart.  Only Christ can do that.  We need a focus beyond this world.  And we have it in the hope of heaven.