What are your present realities? Single parent? Broken family? Loneliness? Overworked? Looking for employment? Struggling to pay bills? Overcome by current events? Deployed? Chronic pain? Debilitating disease? Aging? Imminent death? Regardless of your present realities, God wants you to LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR HEAVENLY REALITY. Faith in Jesus Christ lights our life with this reality: "Our citizenship is in heaven." (Philippians 3:20)
If you are like me, this heavenly reality is hard to imagine when you struggle with your present realities, and even worse, when you struggle with your sinfulness as you try to deal with those present realities. We worry and doubt. We might even question why doesn’t God do something more to change our present realities. When that happens, you need to ask yourself: What more could God do than He has already done for me? What more could He do for me than sacrificing His Son for my sin in my place? What more could He do for me than raising His Son from the dead to assure me that my sin has been paid in full and that I am forgiven fully? What more could He do for me than securing eternal life and a heavenly home for me? Look again to this great reality we have in Jesus: "Our citizenship is in heaven." Now look at the eager expectation this heavenly reality gives us as we endure all things in life: "And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body." (Philippians 3:20,21) May this heavenly reality sustain you with real hope as you cling to Jesus through the present realities of life.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.