Citizenship

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 11:01 -- Joyce Long

“For our conversation is in heaven...” Philippians 3:20

How should the fact that our homeland is in Heaven affect us? Perhaps it should affect us like I was affected shortly after my marriage. We rented an apartment where we would live for only two years. I did not buy expensive drapes and wall-to-wall carpeting. I did not put much into the apartment because it was only a temporary dwelling, and that is how we should treat our lives here on earth.

Matthew 6:19-20 tells us, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth... But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...” What we accumulate in earthly possessions will some day burn. But what we gather for Heaven will never burn, rust, rot, decay, or be stolen. When we enter Heaven, we will be richly rewarded for all the good works we have done for the glory of God. He will not forget our labor of love, even to the smallest task of giving a cup of cold water to a child. Matthew 6 also mentions being rewarded for giving of money, praying, and fasting. However, works can also be done to be noticed of men for personal glory. These works will not be rewarded! When the fire of God's judgment will try them, they will burn up like wood, hay, and stubble. The good works done in the power of the Spirit are like gold, silver, and precious stones. They cannot be destroyed!

We as humans need food, clothing, and shelter; but why labor endlessly to accumulate more and more “things”? Life will soon be past, and only what is done for Christ will last. We are only here temporarily because our citizenship is in Heaven. All we can take with us are precious souls.

Let us labor for the Master and the reward that awaits us!

~Elizabeth Lapp

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