Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
17Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Paul is still re-enforcing the fact that we follow a higher power. In verse 18 he uses the word "many". Is this many Christians ? Or, is this just a generic phrase for all people? It can be both.
We are all citizens of heaven. We may be Romans, Philippians or Americans, but our final allegiance is to God. During yesterdays children’s sermon at church a very dicey point was made. The presenter had various symbols for the kids to identify, a flag, a cross etc. When she brought out the American flag she asked "who carries this symbol?" The answer was God. God does not carry and American flag any more than he would carry an Iraqis flag or Russian. He is above every nation.
Do we, as Americans, understand that we are citizens of heaven? Or are we convinced our country is heaven? Is our God our stomach?
Prayer- Lord, Thank you for giving us all the advantages we enjoy in life. Help us to be a better community of faith by reminding us we belong to the great power- You! Go-Fight-Win. Amen.