A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, September 10, 2013
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” – Philippians 3:20-21
Feeling marginalized on the job, my brother? Caught up in the gossip of dissatisfaction at work, my sister? Then maybe you have gotten more career-minded than kingdom-minded. Check your passport, the original one that came from your country of origin—Heaven.
You are on assignment! Not man’s assignment on your job, but a heavenly assignment, from God Himself! 2 Corinthians 5:20 gives you your marching orders as it proclaims “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
Your position in God’s Kingdom is so important to Jesus that He willingly laid down His so that you could step into yours. Philippians 2:5-7 testifies of this truth: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”
Where is your mind at, family? Is it in the world but not of the world? Or is it in the world and of the world? There is a big difference. Jesus told us that we are to be the former, we are in the world but not of the world (John 15:19). Are you showing the world more of the world, or are you giving the lost, the broken, and the down-trodden a glimpse of eternity through the eyes of the Savior?
St. Luke knew this best when he declared “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Do your colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates see more of the same when they see you, or do they see more of the Savior?
I added a daily reminder to my smart phone just recently which reads “My day, my work, my life, is my worship unto You, my Lord. I love You, I bless You, I adore You, I thank You, and I praise You, my Holy, Loving, and Beloved Father!” I have this reminder set for 6am, 12 noon, and 5pm each day, to help remind me of where my mind should be, which is on Christ!
Once you get your mind out of the gutter of the world, and on the sacrifice of the Savior, then the Kingdom of Heaven which God Himself placed in you will shine forth for all to see, and offer the hope of Jesus Christ to the lost and broken. Now that’s an assignment!
Father, thank You that our home is with You. Help us, Most Holy God, to be more Kingdom-minded. Help us to center on Your Son, and to make Jesus the focus of our lives, which points others to the Savior. Let us not, like Esau, despise our blessing, which is our birthright of Heaven; but instead, gladly and willingly take our place and position in Your Kingdom. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are strong and solid ambassadors of Christ for your Kingdom. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to get your mind out of the world and onto Jesus. Choose to focus up, on your position in the Kingdom of God. Determine to seek the Lord every morning, afternoon, and evening, for your Divine instructions. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping your eternal passport with you at all times; for God, your Stamp of Approval, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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