“Our High Calling”
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives…” Phil. 3:20
One of the aquatic birds that my family enjoys watching is a pelican. Whenever we’ve been to Florida, we watch and laugh as they fly low to the water and suddenly plop down into it to catch a meal! They are so clumsy and awkward and funny to watch. Of course, we like to add sound effects to the entire scene, but that’s another story.
The Bible describes the children of God as “…mounting up with wings like eagles…” (Isa. 40:31) Eagles are so different from pelicans. They fly much higher; can see better; they can look directly into the sun; they swoop down ever so silently on their prey and snatch them in their talons before the prey knows what happened. High flying, stealth hunters and advanced “visionaries”.
Quite a contrast, wouldn’t you say?
Now, on to our topic: Do you know that we are citizens of heaven RIGHT NOW? That’s right; we are citizens of a heavenly city. It’s as if we belong there and are just visiting earth on a temporary visa! We find ourselves here, but we really belong there! Do you realize that New Testament Christians are called to live according to their heavenly citizenship? We are to live far above the ways of this world. We are to be Christ-like in our love and devotion to our Heavenly Father. We are to live by faith in what God has spoken rather than what we can see, feel and touch here on earth. Yes, we are to live like eagles. Sadly, many of us live more like pelicans. We “fly” too close to this earth and its corrupted systems. We mimic its ways; subject ourselves to its rules and are oppressed all too often. We’re not supposed to live like low-flying pelicans, BUT LIKE HIGH FLYING EAGLES!!
It’s time to fly higher! How do we do that? We saturate our minds with the Word of God; we learn to pray and intercede on God’s behalf for the needs of this world; we live transformed lives before a watching world whose lives desperately need to be transformed as well. We live a life of WORSHIP to the Lord. We no longer live like we belong here. We live like eagles! We gather where and when eagles gather and we grow together!
So, where are YOU living? Are you soaring with the wings of an eagle or plopping into the “lower life” like a pelican? Flying lessons are held at Lighthouse Tabernacle every Sunday at 10:30 and Wednesdays at 7:30. Come learn to fly with us! We all should live as close as possible to the “country” of our citizenship!
Love in Christ, Pastor Damian