Galatians 1:3-5 – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
Colossians 1:13 – For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.
Ephesians 2:1-2 – And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; and it no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Colossians 3:2-4 – Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Philippians 3:20-21 – For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exercise of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Philippians 4:1,4-5 – Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and my crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. … Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
1 Corinthians 15:52,58 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
If you haven’t noticed, our physical bodies are still in this “present evil age.” (If you want a reminder, just read the news headlines!) But here’s the truth for today. If you belong to Christ, it’s not your world. You are a citizen of a heavenly kingdom, and you are simply on a temporary assignment. Your “term of duty” as an ambassador for the kingdom is almost up. Jesus is standing at the door.
Today, don’t live for this world.
Today, take every thought captive under the authority of the word of God.
Today, do the work of a kingdom-citizen.
This is not our home, and its pleasures and temptations are a sorry substitute for our real life which is hidden in Christ. The enemy has no power over you except what you allow him to have. Pull out your spiritual passport and remind yourself Who you belong to, and Who your allegiance belongs to. Today, claim every right and privilege you have as a child of God and live with the joy and hope of your birthright as a joint-heir with Jesus. Trust the Father’s time clock and know with certainty, you will be transported home the second your assignment is finished.
If you don’t know Jesus; if you haven’t placed your faith in Him for salvation, then this world is all you have. It’s as good as it’s going to get. Jesus came so that we could have the promise of eternity. Today, the door is still open. Today, the invitation still stands. We have no promise of tomorrow.
Revelation 22:12-14,17 – Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. … The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And the let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.