For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)
Heaven is an amazing and beautiful place. I look forward to being there one day, but it is a kingdom that I am already a part of.
See, Paul explained in Philippians 3:20-21 that our conversation is of heaven. That word conversation means citizenship. You don’t have to wait until you die to be a citizen of heaven with all of its accompanying rights and privileges. If you are born again, you are a part of the kingdom right now. That should change how you look at things. You are an ambassador of the kingdom of heaven, and you have an assignment to accomplish. We are called to spread the atmosphere of heaven everywhere we go. Is there sickness in heaven? No. Therefore, as an ambassador, we are called to bring healing. Right now, you are on assignment on this planet, in the country, city, and state in which you live. Eventually, you will get to go home to the glorious nation of heaven.
Paul explained what that beautiful day would be like when we are relocated to live in heaven. First, Jesus will change our vile bodies. Here on earth, you have to wash your body and put certain things in your body to take care of it because it stinks, it gets old and gets worn out. In heaven, you will get a new one that will be fashioned like unto his glorious body. You will get a body just like Jesus’ resurrected body, full of power and glory! Remember the story of the disciples sitting in a room, and Jesus walked through a wall to see them? That’s the type of supernaturally powered body we will get.
Practical Application – What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? When you are faced with a problem this week, respond by asking yourself, “Is this how things are in heaven?” If not, speak change as an ambassador of the kingdom.
John 20:19; Matthew 17:2