2012-02-12 - Destinations
Recently as I tried sending an e-mail to a family member, I hit "send" over and over, to no avail. Finally, I realized I had not typed anything in the "to" data form; my mail had no destination, so it was going nowhere.
That's how it is in our Christian lives, too. We need to keep our destination Heaven in mind at all times, to keep our hearts and lives on focus or we'll be going nowhere spiritually.
Philippians 3:20 (NIV) But our citizenship is in Heaven.
Of course, this doesn't mean for us to as the old cliche goes "be so Heavenly-minded that we are no Earthly good." What it does mean is that everything we say or do should be filtered through the eternal weight and consequences of the actions/words, with our priority being the glorification of God, as well as the furthering of His Kingdom.
As citizens, we are bound by the laws of our respective countries and communities, and we have an allegiance to our leaders. Likewise as Christians, God's holy word should be our "User's Manual." And though we should respect and follow our Earthly leaders (a la Romans 13), our ultimate allegiance should always be to our Lord and Savior, Christ.
Our Heavenly citizenship ought to be visible in our everyday lives. When me make our budgets, our tithing and charitable giving should reflect the priority of His Kingdom. When we plan our schedules, our itineraries should reflect that, as well. Because we are God's ambassadors, when people observe our lives, they should be able to tell that we are citizens of a higher Kingdom. As the oft-used question asks, "if we were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict us?"