Today's Devotional

Where Do I Live? (3 December)

God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God- not because of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:4-9 RSV

Where do you live? Where do you dwell? Where is your home? Are these just three different ways of asking the same question? Some of us would say, Well, no, I am presently living in ___, but my home actually is in ___ (giving the name of another city or country).

For those of us who have been born into God's heavenly kingdom through faith in Jesus' atoning sacrifice, where we dwell and where we live are not just in two different geographical locations but in two different worlds. We are physically living in this world, on planet earth, but at the same time we are sitting in heaven. It is there that we have our true citizenship (Philippians 3:20).

We may look for blessings in our life here on earth, but "in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world" (Ephesians 1:3). We will undoubtedly be better off focusing on those blessings in the world where we are sitting with Jesus than in this passing world. "He raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world." Ephesians 1:20)

Surprisingly perhaps, it is not only God and saved people who are inhabiting this heavenly world. In the same letter (3:10) Paul speaks of "the angelic rulers and powers in the heavenly world," and the context makes it clear that these are satanic powers. In fact, because our most real existence is in the heavenly world, "we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age" (Ephesians 6:12).

It is hard to fight battles. It is made much harder when you cannot even see where you are or where your enemy is.

If we do not have enough awareness of our real home in heaven (right now), we will fail to see the blessings we have there, we will fail to see Jesus seated there with us, and we will be unable to recognize and counter the attacks from God's enemy and the enemy of our souls.

May God help us to see who we are and where we live.


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