When I think a doctor can help me, I usually look forward to the appointment. I am not filled with joy in anticipation, but with a desire to get rid of the annoying symptoms I want to address. Waiting in a waiting room is boring, but waiting for the great physician from heaven is downright exciting. Look at what Paul said:
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself (Philippians 3:20-21).
Citizenship was an important reality in the ancient world. It mattered where you were from. Our citizenship is not of this world. The fact that we may be Americans is an accident of history, but our heavenly citizenship is part of the eternal destiny of God. We will be taken to heaven by Jesus Christ, and to prepare for our residence there, we will be conformed to his resurrection body. No longer will we need healthcare, glasses, pills, or physicians. The physical limitations and humiliations of this life will be left behind. Let us wait with anticipation for the transition to heaven.
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