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Have You Ever Waited For Someone?

Philippians 3:20

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHave you ever waited for someone? I remember – when I was a child – going on home visits with my parents. Dad was – of course – a pastor – and he and mom would go visiting from time-to-time and take me along (my sister too I guess). They would talk way into the night – or so it seemed. I remember – some through memory and some through stories and pictures – waiting for them to be ready to leave. Often – I would curl up somewhere and go to sleep. They told me I fell asleep under a coffee table – in a chest with blankets – and in other places as well. I guess I would tire of waiting for them and took it upon myself to know it was time for me to go to sleep. Do you like waiting for people?

Have you ever waited for someone? I remember – when I was first married – going shopping with my bride. She would go into a section of the store and I would find a seat nearby and wait. She might come out and say – do you like this – or – how do I look in this? I learned fast the correct answer (you’ll need to come for counseling – young men – to learn that answer). Soon – I learned to wait in the car where I could take a nap. I loved taking naps! Do you like waiting for people?

Have you ever waited for someone? Is someone in your life always late? Do you have family members who are hardly ever on time? Do your co-workers arrive on time? My dad used to say – if you’re not 10 minutes early – you’re late. Do you like waiting for people?

Have you ever waited for someone? Waiting is typically not fun. Have you ever had to wait for your doctor? Do you feel like they think your time is less valuable than their time? Have you ever had to wait on any other appointment – when you had a set time for that appointment? Do you like waiting for people?

Have you ever waited for something important? Are we impatient? Do we want things now! Are we unable to delay gratification? Sin often arises in our lives when we are impatient and want to satisfy ourselves immediately. Are there times when we think we deserve better than waiting? Are there times when we think we have earned the right to be seated first at a dinner or at a restaurant? Do we feel like we shouldn’t have to wait for anything – instead getting what we want when we want it?

Paul had just finished writing about his status in the Jewish community. How he had every right to brag or expect to be put at the head of every line (so to speak). Yet – Paul was willing to put all of that aside for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul was willing to subjugate himself to others – even others who were less qualified than himself – for the sake of Jesus.

Today’s passage – speaks about waiting on the Lord. Here it is in partial context. Philippians 3:12–21 – 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 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.

Next time you are asked to wait – use that time to glorify God rather than becoming angry or insulted. In the doctor’s office – when the doctor is 20 minutes late – even longer – pray for the person(s) the doctor is seeing (maybe they needed more time because of an illness). Pray for the others who are waiting. Maybe even witness your faith rather than your anger – to those around you.

Lord – help us to realize our life is more than what this world can give us. Help us to remember that our home is really heaven. Remind us – often – that we should be more concerned with sharing our faith than getting our way!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

October 18, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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