The Bible gives us specific instructions to live in this world intentionally and focused as “temps”. We will enter heaven by forgiveness of sin and through the righteousness that Jesus gives us. When we invite Christ into our lives we immediately obtain “permanent residency” or citizenship for heaven.
The world defines a “temporary resident” as a foreign national granted the right to stay in a country for a certain length of time without full citizenship. The reasons could be for study, business or other reasons but permits or visas must be renewed if longer periods are required.
In God’s Kingdom there is only one category for entry to heaven. When we invite Christ into our hearts through faith, by his grace we become citizens of heaven. From that day forward, we are only temporary residents on this earth. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. This is the one and only way! We cannot get to heaven by works, so none of us can boast (Ephesians 2:9).
But, God wants us to live our lives on earth as citizens of heaven. He says: “Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.” (1 Peter 2:11, NLT). God has placed eternity in our hearts. His life-changing Word overflows with his promises of real love, forgiveness, salvation, peace, hope, and joy for everyone who trusts in his Son, Jesus.
Dear Lord, Thank you for reminding me that in this great world you created, I am just a temporary resident and that is how I must live daily. Thank you for teaching me how to live purposefully in this world and in your Word and how to obtain entry into your Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus. Amen.
Throughout this Day: Are you an immigrant, or do you know someone who is? Think of how excited you were when you received official documents as a citizen of your new country. (If you don’t know any immigrants, use your imagination!) Now, if you’ve already obtained your heavenly citizenship through Jesus Christ you should double your celebration because it’s going to be more than amazing! Take some time today to celebrate with the Lord.
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