Near or Far (N.T. Reprise)
Philippians 3:18-21 (NIV)
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
This seems to be a common thread throughout the Bible, those headed for destruction and those headed for glory.
Do you get what it means to have your stomach as your god? Our fleshly appetites with an insatiable demand for more and more illicit pleasure. The more shameful it is, the more openly proud one becomes of it. Notice how Paul speaks of these...with tears. It ought to break our heart to see such.
I like the idea of being a citizen of heaven. That means I am just passing through this world. Can't get too attached to anything here. Paul speaks of our lowly bodies. Bags of dirt. I'm heading for an upgrade to a new model.
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