“Therefore as we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear also the image of the heavenly” 1 Corinthians 15:49
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: You are not an earthling; you are a heavenly being.
The believer in Christ is a heavenly being. The Word of God confirms that. Our text for today is a command to walk as the heavenly being that you are – not waiting until when you get to heaven, but here and now – in the earth. The Apostle Paul argued that we have born the image of the earthly, which is now passed away because we are now new creatures in Christ. Therefore, let us now live as heavenly beings, as icons of Christ, associates of the God-kind. You are not an earthling; you are a heavenly being. You must become conscious of this truth everyday and make it obvious in your communication and manner of life. Every so often, declare, ‘I am a heavenly being’. That is the gospel of Christ. He came to make you heavenly. He came to give you a heavenly life to live, not when you get to heaven but right here on earth. This is very important because if you do not have a heavenly life here on earth, you will never get to heaven.
Heaven is not a particular geographical location. Heaven is for heavenly beings; those who have the heavenly life here on earth. No one can get to heaven without having a heavenly life. Philippians 3:20 (NIV) tells us that we are citizens of heaven. No man that is not qualified will go to heaven. And the only way to be qualified is to be born again; having the life of Christ; the life of heaven here on earth. Be glad that you are born again and therefore a citizen of the kingdom. Remind yourself continually that you are not of this world. You are heavenly; born from above with the very life and nature of God in you.
INSTRUCTION: Be conscious of your heavenly identity.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for making me a citizen of your kingdom, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Heaven is not a particular location. Heaven is the person of Jesus.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 11; EVENING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 7