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. Philippians 3:20-21 (EHV).
You’re part of eternity now even if you don’t think so. There’s a spot for you waiting in heaven beyond this life, yet it’s guaranteed to you now. It’s like Jesus put His credit card on deposit at the best hotel anywhere. More than that, the king of a distant land came to you and I and gave us the keys to His Kingdom. He invited us to live well here and then join Him when we’re done where we are.
More than that, we’ll be in a glorious body. Last time I looked in the mirror, a middle aged fat man looked back at me and reminded me that I’d be in better shape if that reflection shed about fifty pounds or more. Come heaven, this chubby self I now call “me” won’t be chubby (or maybe it will be). It will be made perfect, in whatever for Jesus has deigned it will be.
Maybe that’s happening right now. Maybe Jesus is using these days we’re living in right now to refine us here on the fallen Third Rock. He’s already forgiven our sins. He’s already purchased eternity for us. He’s already sent His Spirit into our lives to re-shape us and motivate us. Maybe part of this Spiritual transformation actually is showing itself in physical ways.
Maybe, actually, is true. If you don’t believe me, think about reflecting Christ’s kindness to others. That’s a physical manifestation of a spiritual lesson. Think about wanting to take better care of yourself; perhaps you’ve heard of the biblical concept that our bodies are God’s temple. Consider turning away from destructive behaviors to better your place in life…some in the church call that “repentance.”
You see: it’s true. It’s true because Jesus spoke only truth. Yes, He spoke the truth about damnation for those who refuse to know Him. There’s no denying that. Yet it’s also undeniably true that He spoke more of love and of our place in His Father’s Kingdom. Of how He was preparing places for us there. Of how He has the power to forgive sins and change hearts. That means transforming our bodies, both through hard work here and glorious miracles in the time to come. That means living in eternal ways on a mortal earth because eternity matters most. And that means trusting that Jesus has everything under control, always, even when the world seems to be careening out of bounds. Even if I’m chubby.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 2:19, Colossians 3:1, Philippians 3:21.
Lord Jesus, everything is indeed under Your control. Transform me now, I pray, to serve You best here. Then welcome me into my glorious being in Your paradise after this life.