Citizenship

Philippians 3:18-21 (NIV) 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 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.

     As a grateful and loyal citizen of this wonderful nation, I have become accustomed to many of its ways, one of the most obvious being the side of the road on which we drive. It is not possible to travel safely anywhere in this country without not only having an awareness of this, but faithfully complying with it. To come into this country having lived where driving is on the left side, there can be no holding on to the way this was done back home. To remain here, to function here, to keep from getting in a very dangerous collision with another vehicle or the law, driving will have to take place on the right side of the road. Retaining this one simple preference will put you in direct opposition, as if an enemy with a destiny of destruction. However, resolution of this issue is easily remedied by merely letting go of the way ingrained from another culture and taking on the one that is established here. If becoming a part of this society with its many benefits means enough, then parting with the left side will be an integral part of doing so. 
     There is a way of life that Christ has enabled for us on the cross. Through His sacrifice we’ve been given citizenship in heaven, where there is a way of doing things that is quite apart from many of the dangerous ways ingrained on the earth. Instead of following the directions of the flesh and its passion for dying worldly things, citizens of heaven follow after the leading of the Spirit on an upward path to eternal and abundant life. Until our bodies are completely transformed like His, there will always be a need to overcome the tendencies of the flesh that come into direct opposition to the purpose of the cross. For those who are eagerly awaiting the Savior and His transformation, parting with the power of the flesh and its directives will become a continual passionate pursuit. By fasting from the appetites and demands that have been established by simply living on this earth, by setting aside times when they are simply denied, the ways of heaven and the Father God can be taken on and lived. From these periods of fasting can be taken more than a temporary awakening of heavenly ways, but the forming of a life that is no longer an enemy of the cross, but joined with it in eternal heavenly purpose. 
 

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From these periods of fasting can be taken more than a temporary awakening of heavenly ways, but the forming of a life that is no longer an enemy of the cross, but joined with it in eternal heavenly purpose.