Living Hope | Philippians 3:20 | Devotional
Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ….
Growing up, I used to listen to a guy named Bob Harrington, the self-proclaimed “Chaplain of Bourbon Street.” When anyone asked Harrington where he was headed, he’d say, “Heaven. Just passing through town on my way.” I always loved that line. It’s a great description of the truth in today’s passage.
The believer is a stranger and sojourner on this earth. God has made us for eternal things, not the shiny temporal tempting things that surround us. The reason we are so often dissatisfied with the stuff around us is because we were not made to be satisfied with the stuff around us. We long for something more, and that “more” is heaven where our Savior is. From heaven we eagerly await his coming.
Certainly our feet are planted on the earth...for now. There are bills to pay, families to provide for, relationships to enrich, and responsibilities that only we can fulfill. But don’t get too comfortable. Keep your “passport” with you at all times. Keep your bags packed. This is a temporary lay-over. Under “Citizenship” your passport is marked “Heaven!” That’s where we are headed. We’re just passing through town on our way.
Father, never let us get too comfortable in this land of sojourning. Remind us often of eternal stuff. Keep our hearts yearning for eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.