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Y&F Day 16

Oct 23 2013

(End of Days)

“Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 3:18-20 (MSG)

Imagine if we started going around telling people we are ‘citizens of heaven.’

We’d probably get blank stares or even these ones –> o_O

We’d probably even receive inappropriate comments from a few random people… the kind that would be inappropriate to write here, if you catch my drift. Yet that’s exactly what the verse above says that we, as Christians, are… “citizens of high heaven.”

As citizens of heaven, God invites us to lead lives that are WAY BIGGER than ourselves. We can believe that our lives will have a lasting impact and that our impact can go further than what we can see and touch.

It’s kinda like the ripple effect when a stone is thrown into a pond- the impact causes a first wave that creates more waves, that spread bigger and bigger and further and further until the stillness of the whole pond is affected by that one small stone.

Once we say yes to God and turn away from living life our own way, repenting of our previous way of living, He calls us His children and calls us to be a part of the great masterpiece of His work throughout the ages.

How crazy is that?! God not only loves us enough to forgive us, which would, in itself be, more than we deserve. In true God-fashion, He adds to this already incredible WOW-factor. He loves us enough to ask us to be a part of what He is doing and entrusts US with tasks and responsibilities in His Master plan.

We get to live the adventure of believing that our lives do have an impact! When we share God’s love with others, we can have confidence that our action has a significance that might only be understood in eternity. We might not see the ripple effect now, but in the fullness of time we will. Living like this takes the selfishness out of our decision-making and gives us boldness to do things we might otherwise never do.

And the best part? His love for us goes beyond anything we could ever imagine. It is not dependent on what we do, and yet he uses it to work out His plan. His love is not fickle, neither does it weaken with time. Instead, His love has been ‘rippling’ through the ages, and will continue to until it outlasts the end of days.