Tag: Passing Through

Cultivating A Heavenly Perspective

John MacArthurby John MacArthur

“God…has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3, emphasis added).

Christians hold a dual citizenship. We are citizens of earth, but, more importantly, we are also citizens of Heaven.

It’s been said that some Christians are so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good. But usually the opposite is true. Many Christians are so enamored with this present world that they no longer look forward to heaven. They have everything they want right here. The health, wealth, and prosperity doctrine has convinced them that Christians can have it all, and they pursue “the good life” with a vengeance.

Despite the prevalence of such thinking, the old Negro spiritual well says, “This world is not my home. I’m just a passin’ through.”

Paul reminds us of that truth in Philippians 3:20: “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” That’s why we must set our minds on heavenly, not on earthly things (Col. 3:1- 2). Our deepest affections and highest aspirations should center there. Our actions and decisions should reflect heavenly priorities, not earthly indulgences.

Even though we live in a sin-stained world and must constantly fight against its corrupting influences, God hasn’t left us stranded. He extends to us all the rights and privileges of our heavenly citizenship. Let that assurance encourage you today to live to His glory and rely on His heavenly provisions. Take care not to let impure aspirations or trivial pursuits distract you from your heavenly priorities.

by John MacArthur

“I’m A Stranger Here”

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. 1 Peter 2:11

A stranger does not feel at home where he is, and neither does a Christian in this world. He is not a citizen of earth trying to get to heaven but a citizen of heaven sojourning on earth. This world is “his passage, not his portion.”

We of the Heavenly Commonwealth do not feel at home here, we just “don’t belong.” We speak another language. When the cocktails are offered we refuse and when the dirty jokes are told we do not join the laughter, not because of a Pharasaic self-righteousness but simply because we are “strangers.” It is not always comfortable to be a “foreigner.” And they will think it strange if we don’t “make ourselves at home” (1 Pt. 4:4), especially if we once took part with them.

The world will do its utmost to make us “one of the crowd.” Nothing is more insidious than the hospitality of this age. But, while we need not be discourteous, we must not be deceived.

by Vance Havner