18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

We live in a culture where things happen fast. We have high speed internet, curbside groceries, and the excellence of one fast food restaurant that has us thinking they should all operate like a pit crew at Indy. If you’re a racecar driver, you can get four new tires and a tank of gas in 8 seconds. It takes less time than that, apparently, to pass food through a window and say, “My pleasure.” You don’t even have to come to a complete stop sometimes.

But life doesn’t always move that quickly. There are times when waiting is required, and, even though we may not like it, we need to understand how to do it well. As Christians, we live in an already-but-not-yet kind of reality. There is so much that God has already done, and there’s so much He has promised still to do. We look back on Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension, and we look forward to the day of His return. We’ve been chosen and called as His children, and we wait for our glorification when He will make us complete. We are living in the in between. As we do, we want to wait well, and as Christ’s followers, we’re called to wait well. Philippians 3 helps us know how to do that.

While others focus on earthly things, we must focus on our heavenly citizenship. By focusing on what God can do in the present and will do in the future, our perspective and priorities change. We no longer need to find our happiness, joy, and satisfaction in things of this world. We see that God is busy transforming us into the likeness of Jesus. As we wait for Him we live for Him, and living for Him leads to living like Him.

• What do you look forward to the most when you think about eternity?

• What does “heavenly citizenship” mean? How does being a citizen of God’s kingdom impact your daily life?

• Thank God for the freedom from sin and death available to believers in Christ through the gospel and for the hope you have that one day this transformation will be complete. Pray that in the days ahead you will be continually renewed in your pursuit of Christ as you faithfully wait for His return.