For the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “home.”
Home. Where is our home? Scripture talks about making sure to live like Heaven is our home. In Philippians, we read these words:
“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 (vv. 27, NLT).”
If I lived like my home was in Heaven, I wonder how that would affect me.
If I lived like my home was in Heaven, I wonder how that would affect those around me.
Remembering Heaven is to be our permanent residence, it alters our perspective. We become different people, when we live this verse.
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control (Philippians 3:20-21, NLT).”
It calls us to recognize that which God has called us to (see Ephesians 1:18). It brings us to my post on h.o.p.e that will go live on the 28th of this month. We need to come back to our first love (see Revelations 2:4).
To live as citizens of Heaven and experience its full joy and benefits, it requires us to do a few things.
→ Focus intently on who God is.
→ Remember who we were when we were without Jesus Christ (see Romans 5:10, Ephesians 2:1-5).
→ Reflect on God’s great power that is heavily at work in our lives (see Isaiah 40:9-31).
When we come back to our first love and return our focus to Jesus* and the place He is preparing for us (see John 14:1-3), we will live differently.
In our households with our families, we will serve, love, and grow together. There will be less chaos, and more forgiveness.
There would be a transformation (see Romans 12:2) taking place within our families, as we begin to learn what it means to “conduct yourselves as citizens of Heaven…”
*See Numbers 21:9; Isaiah 45:22; John 3:14-16.