I usually write on here with an aim to speak to all people, Christian and non-Christian alike. Today though, I’m going another route. I’m am writing this with my brethren in mind, saved believers. I want to talk about God’s glory. His sovereignty. Is He really your Master, your King? Do you submit to Him, killing yourself daily? In Romans 6 Paul explains that when we get saved we are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. As slaves of sin we present our members (body parts, i.e. mind, arms, eyes) as slaves to impurity and lawlessness. In other words, we voluntarily submit to whatever desire comes across our sinful minds. But Paul urges us to now present our members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. He goes on to say in verse 22 that we are freed from sin and now are enslaved to God. And that’s what I want to focus on right now.
Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, 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.
Temporal is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “of or pertaining to time as opposed to eternal”, and, “of or relating to earthly life”. Our life here is temporal, or temporary if you prefer. It is not only temporary, it is also short. It is so short in fact, that the bible compares our life to a vapor (James 4:14). When I think of a vapor, I think of a puff of steam, which is here for a second or two and then gone. In relation to eternity, that is the totality of our life, vapor. Once you recognize this you could take it one of two ways. You could say that since it is such a short time, and we’ll be long gone before the next evolutionary step of man, our life on earth is of no real importance. But woe to the man of that miserable state. For I cannot comprehend his misery. The other side is that we view our time here as invaluable, priceless, and precious, with not a moment to waste.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phillipians 1:19-21 NIV
What an outlook on life!? He goes on to say that he is torn between life here on earth and death, where he will spend eternity with our Lord. Thankfully God allowed him to be here a little longer that he might enrich our faith with his revelations of our Christ. What Paul is telling us in this snippet of scripture is that he only has eyes for Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. And that the sooner he gets to see Him in heaven, the better.