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Citizens of Heaven

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 3:20

Photo courtesy of pixabay.She feels at home at the stables and is happiest when she’s there.

My daughter loves riding horses. Throughout the week, she anticipates seeing her favorite horse Moose—named for his size. Every Saturday morning, she suits up and we take the scenic drive to the stables. She knows all there is to know about Moose—his likes and dislikes and what makes him happy or afraid. She spends hours riding and caring for the horses.

My daughter’s affection for horses caused me to wonder about my approach to God. Do I anticipate going to church on Sundays or eagerly race to mid-week prayer meetings? Am I reading Scripture so that I can understand what God’s will is and what pleases or displeases Him?

If you asked my daughter if she has to go horseback riding, she would say no. She would tell you she gets to go. She counts it a privilege and realizes we pay a steep price for her lessons because we love her. 

Rather than a “have to” attitude in our approach to God, we need a “get to” attitude. We have the privilege of calling God Father because He demonstrated His love by sending His Son to die for our sins. Because of our Father’s act of love, we get to spend time in His presence and enjoy eternity in heaven.

I don’t ever want to lose sight of the truth that this earth is not our home. Our citizenship is in heaven. Because of God’s love and the sacrifice of His Son, we get to go to heaven.

Prepare now to make heaven your home, and take every opportunity to make yourself at home in God’s presence.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Nydia DiCarali

Nydia DiCarali resides in New York, has been happily married for twenty years, and is the mother of two teenagers, ages seventeen and fourteen. She has been a Christian for more than twenty-four years and has spent the last thirteen years teaching women’s Bible studies and coordinating retreats and conferences at her local church. She currently serves on the board of a Christian foundation in Long Island that serves women and children in crisis. Nydia also works for a Christian ministry that has recently opened an orphanage in West Africa. Through her involvement with these ministries, she has had the opportunity to create newsletters and provide website content. She loves to encourage others and believes if we allow ourselves to be governed by God’s Word, we can live as more than conquerors.