But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. - Philippians 3:20
Years ago, the company I worked for was launching a national fundraising campaign. At the launch they shared a quote by Muhammad Ali: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
At that time, though I enjoyed giving and being of service to others, I didn’t believe I owed anyone anything. And, I certainly didn’t believe I had to pay rent to live on earth. But the moment I heard that quote something changed in me. My heart began shifting. God had used that quote to shift my entire mindset and help me understand that earth is my temporary home. I began to realize that I was a foreigner in the very place I called home.
God gave us dominion over creation (Genesis 1:26-30), but Psalm 24:1 says: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” I really had to sit with that truth for a long while before I was able to live like I believed it. Nothing is truly mine, no matter if I worked for it or not. For so long I had been living with my hands clenched closed in order to keep anyone from taking what I thought belonged to me. I noticed that when they were clenched closed, they formed a fist. It gave the impression I was being aggressive and defensive. Like I was ready to fight someone. But when my hands are open, they are ready to be generous and willing to share. They are welcoming and ready to greet someone with a handshake or hug.
There was a time when I would have agreed with the generations before us that label millennials as “entitled.” However, God helped me see that entitlement isn’t so much a generational issue as it is a human one. We all struggle with the idea of sharing. Especially when it’s something we feel we’ve earned or are owed because of how hard we’ve worked. We think it gives us the authority to dictate who is worth sharing with. But we must remember what Christ demonstrated on the cross. We deserved the punishment, but instead received freedom. Jesus lived with open hands until the very end. Everything was His, and yet He gave everything for the glory of God.
As a follower of Jesus, my eternal home is in Heaven. However, He’s created and placed me on this earth for a purpose. “We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 TPT
Though it’s a privilege and honor to live where I do, I’m going to celebrate and live out being an ambassador of Christ and Heaven louder than I celebrate being a citizen of the United States of America. True freedom is found in Christ alone.
Here’s to living open handed with an eternal perspective as an ambassador of Christ and of Heaven - all for the glory of God.
1. What does being an ambassador of Christ and Heaven mean to you?
2. How does understanding that you’re a foreigner on earth change how you live in this world and love others?
Dear Christ Jesus, Thank You for taking our punishment on the cross so that we can live in Your freedom. Please help me to understand and live in the truth that I am first Your daughter and citizen of Heaven before anything else. Please help me to carry Your message to the world. Remind me what Your Word says when the things of this world
confuse my heart. Thank You for the gift of this world and everything good that is in it. In Your sovereign name, Amen.
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