Lent Devotional in Philippians
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ."
I have been giving English lessons to my students on Zoom. Some of the students have shared openly how the pandemic and the lockdown measures have made them long more for their home country - the familiarity, the smells and sounds of their cities. Returning home is like a comforting hug, and the pandemic has prevented this from happening. But for others, living in London is the comforting hug. Because to live in their home country is to know the personal impact of government corruption, civil war and persecution.
When God invites us into his family, we’re no longer primarily defined by our geographical and ethnic connections. We’re now citizens of heaven. Heaven is living in close relationship with God the Father now and forever. As Christians, we long for the day when God will bring in his new creation when the curse of sin, death and pain will end. Paul also reminds us in his letter to the Romans that creation at the moment is groaning as it waits. So many of us have felt its weight even more so during the pandemic. But through Jesus, we are given a better home and better promises.
Because Jesus is...
The better name
The better sacrifice
The better hope
And this is good news for longing hearts today.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus and the rights and privileges he gives us to be your children. Please hear the cries of those who long to be reunited with their families and those who are here seeking asylum away from home. Please point us to Jesus. Helps us to remember that he is the better hope for our present and future. Amen.
Written by Eileen Nitao, Ministry Contact Coordinator
Eileen registers new courses and manages and updates our database. She lives in South West London and also works for a church teaching English to immigrant and refugee families.
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