Citizens of heaven

soul_cries_out“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”                     Phil. 3:20 (NIV)

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We each have a hunger within our souls. We often try to satisfy that hunger with things in this world and when we do, we become focused on those earthly things.

Paul refers to this as our stomach becoming our god.

But there is a much better alternative…we are citizens of heaven.

C.S. Lewis once famously wrote… “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

There it is…we are made for another world. We are aliens in this world…immigrants just passing through. We are headed for the country of our true citizenship…heaven.

No wonder our soul hunger is never fully satisfied. It was meant to be satisfied completely by Him…when we see Him face to face.

This realization is critical.

The ongoing deep gnaw of soul hunger is normal. There’s nothing wrong with me. It’s there and remains because it can’t be appeased completely in this world.

But He will satisfy it…eventually in heaven.

And guess what? We don’t have to wait until we reach heaven to begin appeasing that soul hunger. We can begin today…right now… to satisfy that soul hunger by drawing near to the Lord.

But first, we must cast off those things we’ve been using to satisfy our hunger.

If we have been using our medical practice to satisfy that soul hunger…we should turn our professional life over to Him…daily. We do that by seeking His guidance in creating boundaries within our professional life. These boundaries help us do only what He wants us to do.

We can seek to serve others rather than gain prestige.

We can seek to be a good steward rather than satisfying our hunger through consumption.

We can seek to do His will rather than our own.

Savor the ache of soul hunger and use it as a motivator to draw near to Him.

Don’t waste it with lesser “things”.

Prayer: Lord, help me to identify when my motivations arise out of my longing for You and use that longing to pursue You.

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2 Responses to Citizens of heaven

  1. Claire says:

    Thank you so much for this encouragement! It’s so easy to let things become unfocused and chaotic. It’s time to turn things over to Him!

  2. Jeff says:

    You are welcome Claire…thanks for posting!

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