Week of August 19
A Citizen of Heaven
Heaven is a real place. Even though we can’t see it now, one day our eyes will take in the grandeur of God’s dwelling place. We will stand before His throne, and Christ will judge all that we have or have not done.
The merciful, loving Christ of today will be the executor of judgment on the last day. He will not judge unfairly, but He will judge us perfectly. He will not trump up charges against us, but He will judge us on the basis of what we have done with Him during our lifetime.
Have you accepted Him as your Savior? Have you obeyed Him and submitted your life to Him? Have you invited Him to reign in your life? Or will your testimony prove that you were too busy, too preoccupied, too bitter, too angry, too doubting, or too full of wanting your own way to be with Him?
God wants to make us holy, pure, and righteous. However, we have to allow Him to mold us into His image. Sin is the one thing that shakes our security in Christ and our confidence in His finished work on the cross. Our old nature is at strife with our new nature in Christ—the flesh wars against the spirit.
Are you clinging to something you know God is asking you to surrender to Him? What is distracting you from growing closer to the Lord? Is it financial worries? Are you concerned about some relational problem? Are you worried about the future? These seem small in comparison to eternity in heaven.
God has a purpose for your life and a place for you with Him in eternity. When you are in heaven, you will not be a visitor with a day pass—you will be a beloved citizen of His kingdom.
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! (Revelation 5:12).
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