“For our conversation is in heaven…” Philippians 3:20
When Jesus came here his first sermon, according to Matthew four, was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Throughout the next three chapters 5-7 Jesus preached or taught what the kingdom of heaven is like. Most of what he said was in direct opposition to the way of the world, but it would only make sense seeing how the world system had become corrupted because of sin.
In the midst of what is commonly called “The sermon on the Mount” Jesus taught us a prayer. Usually it is known as “The Lords Prayer.” I’m not going to spend the time to go through all of it here but I would like to focus on one point. Jesus said, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” So the plan is for Jesus to introduce heavens rule and authority on the earth.
After we have received Christ by faith and he comes, by his Spirit, to take up residence within us we are translated into the kingdom of the Son. This is an event that has already happened to we that are in Christ. According to the letter to the Ephesians God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places. If this is true then we are already, in a manner of speaking, in heaven. Of course our physical bodies have to be changed but for all practical purposes we are already citizens of heaven and have everything God promises us at our disposal.
As we live our lives in the here and now we are to live them in a heavenly manner with a heavenly perspective on things. Our lives should reflect heaven right here, right now! So when someone says, “Man, you act like you’re from another planet” you might say, “well in a way your right. I am from somewhere else; heaven is my home.” Paul wrote in Colossians 3:1-3 “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Just because someone claims to be a believer they may not walk as one. Sometimes the lure of this world deceives us and we get caught up in its ways. Paul told the Philippians “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship (conversation) is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
If the kingdom is at hand, we want God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven, we’ve been translated into the kingdom of the Son, seated with him in heavenly places, and our lives are now hidden with Christ in God; our priorities and lifestyle will continuously be at odds with the worlds. We kingdom citizens will become more and more obvious to them around us because we live our lives from a heavenly vantage point. We evaluate things from an eternal perspective. The things that shake others won’t shake us and we won’t spend the time and energy on the same endeavors as the world. I think this is God’s plan all along though. He wants us as his representatives to model a heavenly, kingdom minded, lifestyle that will in turn create a hunger and thirst in others to want what we’ve got. There is just something about a believer that is at rest with God; his life is filled with a love, joy and peace that marks everyone that is a heavenly citizen.
Written by Louie