What I read today

Numbers 3-4; Psalm 60; Isaiah 60; Luke 16; Philippians 3

We’ve had raging debates in the past few weeks about illegal immigration.  Without getting into the merits of the discussions, I do have to say that it’s incredible to me to see thousands of people willing to leave Guatemala, Honduras or other central American nations and walk across Mexico in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their children.

That’s really amazing when you think about it whether no matter what side of the debate you are on.

In Philippians 3 Paul discussed our citizenship.

Not our Earthly citizenship, our eternal citizenship.

Like the people walking across central America today, our real home is not where we live today.  We are refugees stuck in this world waiting for Jesus to bring us into our new home.  Our permanent address will be heaven.  That’s where our citizenship resides.  We trudge through this life as refugees.  We push through the drudgery of our everyday lives and miss the actual point of our lives.   We don’t often even see the joy that we could be living in if we just focused on what was ahead of us rather than what was behind us.  Too often we focus on our past mistakes.  We focus on our failures, the “the things that might have happened” of our lives.

Paul says we should rejoice always.  Forget what’s behind us.  We can’t change that. Press towards what’s waiting for us.  Move towards Jesus and the eternal life he’s promised us in a place where there won’t be any diabetes, cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis,  death, disease, poverty, hunger, famine or war.

Paul wrote those words when he was a prisoner of Rome.  He spent his entire day shackled to a Roman guard while he waited for his hearing in front of the emperor.  Yet even in those circumstances, he could say “Rejoice in the Lord!”

What can you rejoice about today?!

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