Can you imagine the day in which our bodies are transformed into perfect peace?
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. Philippians 3: 17-4:1
Just before this passage, Paul shares that “with tears” he sees those who are hurting and relying on “earthly things” to satisfy. In my post yesterday, I was reminded that God has given us so much to enjoy this side of heaven. In contrast, we look up, as my brother, Pop Vickers, would say. We look up to our citizenship in heaven. I’ve also been curious about the word “counterfeit” within my current work and conversations with God.
Counterfeit – made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
I often see in my life and those I love deeply the longings to satisfy a void, to nurture a wound, or to mask sorrow. The subtlety of our counterfeit takes on patterns that may seem honorable or good. For example, long hours at work, avoiding conflict and keeping busy, over indulgence, being the best and working so hard that you avoid the priorities before you.
I’ve had a cashier hold a bill up to the light to see if the bill was counterfeit. How can we hold our lives up to the light and ask God to bring perspective, healing, and a new way.
Paul contrasts the way he lives with that of others whose “minds are set on earthly things”.
Are there ways of life that you see around you that you would want to avoid? (Pray as you go app, November 6, 2020)
I’m a yes girl. Rise up and do, and keep it moving. I heard the question above just before a decision. Actually, the decision was made for me, but I love, love, love how God does not make it so easy on His children so we can learn to trust Him. Before the decision was shared, God spoke to my heart to avoid this path. I wondered what that would look like, and He graciously worked everything out in His wisdom. Now, let me tell you, the time leading up to the moment was hard work. No one said this stuff was easy.
I can put my posts into categories, and many of my posts lately are going into the category of “Letters to my Dad”. This one will go there, too. I have it in my mind that I’m writing my spiritual journey in remembrance of the prayers and words shared with me by my father. Like Paul, in his later years, his eyes would fill with tears, and he would remind all of us to set our eyes on God, not earthly things. Many would brush his comments off as “too serious” and sometimes “ill-placed”. Now that he is in heaven–his true citizenship-I am in deeper understanding of his passion. He reminds me to be faithful and to trust.
A dear friend has shared a new Bible study with me called “The answers to your deepest longings” by Proverbs 31 team. They have an electronic book and a paperback version. I look forward to continuing my soul work in this focused area! Join me!