Where Do You Live?

How do you answer the above question? Many correct answers could be given by the same
individual. One might answer with the name of a state, town, or street address. One might answer
by giving a landmark (I live next to the water tower) or relationship (I live next door to Aunt
The apostle Paul suggested another way to answer the question. In his letter to the Christians
in Philippi, he stated, “Our citizenship is in Heaven”. He wanted disciples of Jesus to remember
their identity, their purpose, and their hope.
He contrasted the earthly mind set (their mind was on earthly things) with the spiritual
nature of God’s kingdom.
He compared the consequences of living for this world (their end was destruction) and living
for the Lord (we eagerly await a Savior...who will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be
like his glorious body).
He reiterated the principle that believers live in the world, but are not of the world. The child
of God must differentiate between the two!
This leads to the question, “Where do you live”? Do you live in the state of Grace? Are you
staying next to the Father? Do you reside in the shadow of the cross?
Remember, “For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil.3:20). What a difference it will make in your life!
~ Jan Hanley
Wilbarger St. church of Christ,
Vernon, TX
Bulletin Digest, Abilene, TX