What a way to summarize a point–Above all, live like you are citizens of Heaven! If we focused on being the ambassadors from our home, heaven, we would avoid a great number of concerns we have each day. Think about your reaction to news of other lands–Spain, Ukraine, Germany or Australia. Their worries and issues while interesting do not shape your emotional day. That is the point–sure, we live here for now, but the issues we should concern ourselves with are the ones from home…Heaven. Our eternal perspective, our heavenly leaning should carry us through the trials of everyday life.
While we cannot help but be affected by the culture, we have to decide–Not–to adopt it as our culture. We need to live in a manner that shows off our culture, specifically, we need to look and act differently than the world. How we live, talk, love and worship must reflect where we are headed, not where we are! As we watched the Olympics this month, remember how we all focused upon America’s issues. Speed skaters uniforms, Figure skaters, hockey players, snowboarders–we always focused on our folks, listened for the Star-Spangled Banner. Though there were many countries represented, we all focused on ours. Above All–Live like you are citizens of Heaven.
God Bless You
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.