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6. Contradicting Hardship with Uncommon Citizenship (Philippians 3:15-21)

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One of the things I appreciate about the New Testament is that it is consistent. What Jesus taught is often expanded by Paul and the other writers, but it is never contradicted. Jesus taught that we should be “in the world but not of the world.” We’re to influence the world without being too influenced by it. Paul expands on this concept by teaching that Christians are citizens of heaven. One’s conduct reflects one’s citizenship since one’s entire worldview is shaped by one’s country of origin. If we are citizens of heaven, our thoughts, language, values, priorities, principles, and behavior will reflect godly standards instead of worldly ones. The value we place on earthly things will be admittedly limited as we look to store up eternal treasures in heaven—our home and land of rest.

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