Our Eyes Are Upon You
Updated: Jul 13, 2016One Sabbath we had the privilege of ministering to the congregation in Columbus, IN. Due to the distance, we took our motorhome up on Friday and stayed in the church parking lot overnight. Our little dog of course went with us. We noticed that the whole time we were in Sabbath School and Church she sat in the front window of the RV and watched the church building. She could not see us through the church windows, but that didn't stop her from keeping her attention focused on where she had last seen us go.
I thought of the words found in Philippians 3:20 - "Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ." Jesus has entered into the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary. By faith we are to see Him there as He ministers for us. There in heaven, in a real physical place, Jesus is doing two things. Conducting the judgment, and also ministering the benefits of His life of victory over sin to us through the Holy Spirit.
While we cannot see Him there, we are to keep our whole attention focused on the work He is doing for us. True, we cannot sit and keep our eyes looking up at the sky. But by reading His word, meditating on His word, and obeying what it says we are looking to heaven and watching for His return. Jesus said we are to "Watch, for you don't know when the Master of the house is coming... And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Mark 13:35-37
The interesting thing about our text in Philippians is that word "conversation". That is the KJV translation. But rather than being what we talk about the word has the idea of "citizenship", or "community", In other words the place where we live. Of course what we talk about is part of who we are and reveals what is inside us. But God wants us to understand that we are to consider ourselves to be citizens of heaven. Our lives are to be in harmony with the holy beings who inhabit the land we are planning to soon be living in. Everything we do and say is to reveal our citizenship. Just as we can usually tell when someone we meet is "not from around here", so people should be able to tell when they meet us that we are not of this earth, that our "citizenship is in heaven".
Jesus makes it clear that there should be a difference. His words found in John 3:31 makes it clear: "He that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all." So where are you from?
Aren't you glad, in this time of political turmoil, that we don't have to worry about the outcome? Aren't you glad we can live above the mud and strife that seems to take so much of people's attention? Our King is in control, and He is working events to bring this world to a close. We are told to keep our attention focused on what Jesus is doing for us in heaven because: "unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:28