Do the Next Thing!

As Paul wrote from Rome, his friends in Philippi would have quickly caught on to the word pictures he painted. The winner in an athletic race was announced when a herald proclaimed his name and brought him up to receive a prize. Similar to how an Olympian is recognized and rewarded with a prize, so too will the follower of Jesus be recognized and called heavenward to receive his or her prize in Christ Jesus. Citizenship in Philippi automatically caused one to be a citizen of Rome. Those in Philippi received the full rights and privileges as any other Roman citizen. For the Christ-follower, your citizenship in heaven is secure. Focused on our sure citizenship in heaven, living in light of God’s promises, we fix our eyes on our eternal reward in Jesus.