One Reason Why Christianity is ‘Worth It’

Posted on March 27, 2020

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By David Ettinger

A Wondrous Promise
We do not become Christians to see what we “can get out of it.” We become Christians because God has called us, and to spend our days glorifying, praising, worshiping, and obeying our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

However, as per God’s will, certain benefits come with being a chosen child of the King, these benefits stated as promises. Among these, my favorite and most cherished is found in 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.

Our Citizenship
The first six words of this passage – “But our citizenship is in heaven” – should be enough to uplift any believer. Though we toil, struggle, and often lament our existence here on Earth, God assures us this is temporary. Yes, we are now flesh and blood, and the place for flesh and blood is on Earth. So long as we are flesh-and-blood creatures, we will be relegated to this planet.

However, there is a non-flesh-and-blood part of us – the soul – which is immortal, and will live eternally when our lives in the flesh have passed. Our souls – and all people have one – are the essence of who we truly are. And though our souls reside with us here on Earth, this is also temporary. Earth is not the natural abode for our redeemed-from-eternal-condemnation souls. Rather, our souls – our true selves – are merely passing through. We – our true selves – are doing our best “down here” until we can finally move to our permanent homes “up there.”

And please note this: The verse does not say we “will be” citizens of Heaven, but that we are citizens of Heaven. Heaven is where we belong and where we will soon be; it’s just not time yet. So, does living “down here” sometimes bring you down? Don’t worry, a place awaits you “up there,” a place where you belong.

The Blessed Dwelling Place
What makes “up there” so special? That’s easy. What makes “up there” so special is that it is the abode of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is Heaven’s premiere citizen, and He “resides” “at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). Yes, Heaven is Jesus’ blessed dwelling place, and it is the place where we – even now – have our citizenship. Just as Jesus is a citizen of Heaven, so are we.

I know, it’s difficult to get a handle on all of this while we are still here on planet Earth. The bottom line is this: Our “legal” residence is Heaven, not Earth, and Heaven is the place where Jesus is. Though the Bible has given us glimpses of Heaven, we’re not really sure what it looks like. (Don’t pay attention to those ridiculous books by those claiming to have visited Heaven and have returned. The apostle Paul was there and wrote that he “heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell” [2 Corinthians 2:4]). Suffice it to say that if Jesus is there, then the place of our true citizenship must be wonderful beyond all description.

Our Transformation
Have you recently compared what you look like now to 20 years ago? Doing so, of course, is a glaring reminder of your mortality. But one day your mortality will be over, and you will enter the realm of immortality. How will this happen? Verse 21 makes it clear: “… the Lord Jesus Christ … will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

Again, we don’t know what this body will look like, but 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 assures us that it will be imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual (i.e., immortal). Of course our bodies are going to be this way; how can they not be if “they will be like [Jesus’] glorious body”?

And this one reason – the “end-game”; the “where-it’s-all-heading” reality – why Christianity “worth it.” A glorious future awaits us. It will be spent in Heaven, and our current bodies of shame, disease, and corruption will be replaced with brand-new ones of honor, might, and glory. God has promised this to you. Still don’t believe it? Then read it again, but this time with you in mind:

But YOUR citizenship is in heaven. And YOU 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 YOUR lowly body so that it will be like his glorious body.

What a promise! It really does make all the “down here” struggles worth it, doesn’t it?