Weekly Devotionals – 3rd August 2020

A nation’s birthday has a way to unite her citizens. It is a day when we remember that our country is where our home is despite our many differences. We celebrate how much we have achieved together as one nation and continue to hope for so much more for our generation and the next.
A day will come when we celebrate our true citizenship. We may hold the passport of a particular country, but we are foreigners of this world. Our true citizenship in Heaven awaits us. We are the bride of Christ and Jesus’ return is near as stated so clearly in James 5:8 and 1 Peter 4:7. The Apostle Paul instructs us to await our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Jesus is coming back for His bride, the church. When He returns, He will resurrect us from the dead and make us glorious! Await in the Greek translates to waiting eagerly, intensely and passionately. It is not passive as we commonly understand. What do we do as we wait for Jesus, our bridegroom?
The curse of sin reminds us that even though we are in the world, we are not of the world. We are called to be different from the world. We may reside physically on earth, but we will not be slaves to our sinful nature. There may be worldly influence around us, but we will not be overtaken by it. Instead, we will strive to be imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1). With God’s empowerment, we purpose to live our lives and conduct ourselves in a way that model the character and teachings of Jesus rather than mocks them. How can we be different in a culture full of vitriol and vile? Followers of Jesus have to rise above the vitriol and vile, refrain from partaking in them, honour and love one another the way God has commanded us.
Let us eagerly anticipate our future with Christ by setting our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2). We can release ourselves from the pressures of being who the world says we must aspire to be and what the world says we must achieve to be worthy for we know what truly matters to us.  
Knowing what truly matters changes everything for us! Our real home is in Heaven and we are merely passing through our lives on Earth. Everything here is temporary. Our eternal destination has yet to arrive. The faith that we have in Jesus and his Second coming shift our allegiance, source of hope, desires and priorities from self to Jesus!
The assurance of our salvation is based solely on Jesus’ act of redemption, His promises and the power of the Holy Spirit. We must first turn away from our sin and receive the forgiveness of Christ. Our sufferings may not disappear, but as we pass through this life, let us look forward to returning to our eternal home!