It’s the difference between religion and relationship. It’s the “secret sauce” that infuses the reality of “the here and now” with the anticipation of the glory of “the there and then.” It takes the mundane and gives it meaning . . . it’s what allows us to go through every day with that “one day” in mind . . . and, it’s what causes us to look up . . . to look waaaayyyy up!
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21 ESV)
We await a Savior. Jesus is coming again. He said He would. Perhaps today.
How easy it is to lose sight of His imminent return . . . to get focused on what I have to do this week . . . to think about planning for next week . . . to think about my future in terms of “long term planning” which will cover the next few decades. How easy it is to do life and not anticipate the Life-Giver fulfilling His promise to come again and take me to be Himself (John 14:3).
How prone am I to focusing on immediate goals to the exclusion of pressing on “toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Php. 3:14)? How easily can I be trapped into the earthly mindset of making sure I “plan for my future” and storing up enough for my retirement so that I grow slack in investing in my real future . . . laying up treasures in heaven that are eternal (Matt. 6:20) . . . storing up treasures that promote taking hold of “that which is truly life” (1Tim. 6:17-19)?
Awaiting a Savior has a way of keeping first things first.
The Judaizers had their minds “set on earthly things” . . . and so their bellies became their gods . . . their glory was found in themselves . . . and thus, they walked as enemies of the cross (Php. 3:18-19). And while, it might not lead me to become an enemy of the cross, allowing myself to be primarily driven by “earthly things” has a way of making dull the “abundant life” Jesus has graced me with. Getting too attached to this place, rather than recalling my citizenship is in heaven, can cause me to major on the minors . . . to spend too much energy on stuff that just won’t last . . . on setting priorities around things that just aren’t that important.
But, when I await a Savior . . . when I anticipate that day when I will be face to face . . . when I set my mind on things above and not on things of this earth . . . well, then it has a way of maximizing the meaning . . . of pursuing the promise . . . of realizing the reality . . . that I am not of this place.
What a day that will be . . . what a day today can be because of that day.