Week beginning: 19th January, 2014

By James Johnston | Carlisle

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ"

Philippians 3:20 (NASB)

Paul writes to the Philippian church both to thank them for helping him when he had need and to encourage them that true joy comes from Jesus Christ alone and is not dependant on ourselves or circumstances.

This verse, at the conclusion of chapter 3, serves as a bold reminder and encouragement to all believers. First and foremost that we are citizens of heaven and will, because of that, one day enjoy all the privileges and benefits that come with such citizenship. Secondly we are not just to put that to the back of our minds and carry on regardless; instead, we are to "eagerly wait" – to be excited, to long-for, to give thanks for - our Saviour and to put this above all our other circumstances (no matter good or bad) and aspirations.

I have just had Christmas with 3 small children and anyone who has experienced that will know what it means to be eager. As a lawyer I wonder what it is that you are most eager to do this week? May the Lord bless us with eyes that see eternity in the light of Christ now and a spirit that looks to the day when we permanently take up our new citizenship.

Prayer points:

1. Give thanks for the true joy and hope we have in Christ both now and for eternity.
2. Pray for those attending the Student and Young Lawyer Conference this weekend, that they will be renewed, refreshed and inspired in their desire to serve Christ.