“18 For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things, 20 but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul demonstrates a sorrow that is deep and heartfelt! In this passage, Paul is referencing those who believed that as long as your soul was saved it didn’t matter how you acted in the flesh. This is a stark contrast from the truth of the gospel that requires repentance and conversion. Believers should be drawn to live as Christ – not in the flesh.
With great emphasis, I pray that we do not fall into this type of false belief and lifestyle. The end is clear; it is destruction! In our culture and society, we can easily be ensnared by the flesh; however, remain vigilant and put on the full armor of God and fight against such wickedness that leads to death and destruction. What are your priorities? What are your idols? Who are you seeking to please first and foremost? Earnestly seek the Lord and lay the sins of SELF down before the throne of God.
Paul reinforces a common understanding in the theme of citizenship. The Philippians understood their citizenship of Rome but needed to fully understand that their home and ultimate citizenship was in heaven. Therefore, their actions (and ours) must match that of the expectations of our Father in heaven.
I pray that God almighty will pierce our hearts daily to live knowing we are full citizens of heaven and we must act accordingly thereby drawing others to the throne of grace.