“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3:20 (ESV)
Paul reminds me that my citizenship is in heaven. I need that reminder every time I get too comfortable or disillusioned in this life. I can live in either extreme. We all can isolate ourselves and enjoy the comforts of life. In the same way, we can view the evening news or scroll through our Twitter feed and quickly become disillusioned with society. Here's the catch: I can't live in either extreme.
Sometimes I think comfort and disillusionment are tools of the enemy. If I'm too comfortable, I think only of myself. If I'm disillusioned, I'll just give up and walk away or “throw the towel in” as they would say. Both extremes are detrimental to the mission.
As a Jesus follower, I'm called to be light in the darkness. I'm an image-bearer commissioned to do good for the gospel. I must live the transformation, demonstrate love, share the good news and be the good news in everyday life. That's my calling, and it's your calling, too.
The older I get, the more I long for His coming - His return. But until that time, I work in the fields that are ripe unto harvest. I know this isn't it, but that something better comes to those who wait upon the Lord. In the meantime, I choose to live the gospel daily for the sake of others.
How can you live the gospel today knowing this world is not your home, but you're on a redemptive mission with God?