Being a Radiant Bride
Verse 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
We have talked about those who are enemies of the cross of Christ but what is about those of us that are not His enemies?
Paul begins his contrast of the two groups the same way, stating their end reward. Yesterday we read how the enemies of God are bound for destruction and today he reminds those of us in the family of faith that heaven is our reward. But notice the subtle difference. In verse 19 he says that their destiny is destruction – future tense, but in verse 20 Paul uses present tense when saying where our citizenship is. This is important as we remember that we aren’t a future member of Christ’s Bride, we ARE His bride.
A bride wants to look her best for her groom. She doesn’t walk through multiple mud puddles before heading to the church nor does she eat something that is messy while wearing her dress. They goal is to stay as nice as possible so that she can be presented pure and beautiful to the groom at the altar. This is what we, as the Church, should be thinking about as we look at our lives.
As citizens of heaven we should live true to the holiness of heaven. Jesus desires His Church to be great representatives of Him. As citizens of Heaven we are ambassadors to this world. As ambassadors we are to be showing those around us how the citizens of the Kingdom live. While the enemies of Christ are known for their indulgent lifestyles, bragging of sin and focused solely on the earth and what it can give, we, as Christians should be focused on living in a way that proves we are eagerly awaiting Christ’s return.
As the bride is eagerly awaiting her wedding day and doing all she can to be ready for the big day, we need to be ready for His return and be excited for it to come. When we are earthly focused instead of heavenly focused we fail to be looking for His return and if we aren’t looking for His return, we won’t be working for Him until He comes.
Making It Personal
How important is your heavenly citizenship to you? Are you living in a way that reflects your eternal home? How can not focusing on present tense heavenly citizenship affect how you live?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to you that you are a citizen of heaven? Does knowing Jesus is coming back make you excited? How should you live to be ready for Him?
Father, often we fail at living as we should as citizens of Your heavenly kingdom. Help us to see ourselves as part of Your eternal kingdom so that we will live as subjects of Your Kingship instead of following the ways of the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.