“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” ~ Philippians 3:20
As Paul encouraged the Christians in Philippi to serve God earnestly, with total commitment, he used this verse to justify his teaching. Christians are agents of the Kingdom of God because of their citizenship in the Kingdom of God: “our conversation is in heaven”. Therefore, Paul reasoned, the sole concern of a Believer on earth is tending to the affairs of the Kingdom of God.
To understand this better, consider the ambassador of Fiji to Chile. Although he is stationed in Chile, the ambassador of Fiji concerns himself solely with the interests and affairs of Fiji as they pertain to Chile. The ambassador of Fiji can never allow himself to be overcome by the demands and distractions of life in Chile. Otherwise, he will lose his effectiveness in representing Fiji and achieving Fiji’s objectives in Chile.
Similarly, while we live here on earth, Believers must never allow the affairs of earth to distract us from our purpose here, which is attending to the interests and affairs of God as they pertain to this world. For as much as we are distracted by the cares of this world we live in, we lose our effectiveness in representing God and achieving His righteous purposes here. Indeed, one might ask, “If we are citizens of heaven, why do we live as citizens of earth?”
The ambassador of Fiji does not worry himself about buying property in Chile, because his home is in Fiji. He does not have to worry about the Chilean economy, because Fiji pays his salary and takes care of stay in Chile.
But Believer’s are even more secure that the ambassador of Fiji, for our conversation is in Heaven! We are citizens of Heaven and Heaven takes care of our affairs.
►The economy on earth doesn’t bother us, because the King of Heaven, never runs out of resources: He WILL supply ALL our need while we are His ambassadors on earth (Philippians 4:19).
►We are not concerned about what we own or don’t own on earth, because it will be of no use to us when we get back home to Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20).
►We don’t worry about sickness or disease, because we are leaving our bodies of flesh on earth to inhabit newly crafted bodies suitable for Heaven (Philippians 3:21).
►And, we don’t worry about our status here on earth, because, whatever people might think of us on earth, we know we will reign with Jesus in Heaven (Revelation 20:4)!
Therefore, as Paul exhorted the Philippians, let us decide not to
- “…mind earthly things” ~ Philippians 3:19
Instead, let us
- “…press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14
For we are His ambassadors, from His Kingdom, while we live here on earth.