Weekly Devotional: Summer Series- Billy Graham & Heavenly Citizenship

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“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” – Billy Graham

There are many things in life that demand our attention, and it is often our natural tendency to dive in, fully invest and devote 100% of ourselves to these things, whether it be our career, academics, friends or family.

But just like our identities should be found in Christ and Christ alone, our citizenship, meaning the value we place in our lives on Earth, should be found in Christ as well. Our lives, as Christians, have been handed over to the Lord. They are not our own to control or to cling to. When we learn to live with loosened grips on life’s circumstances, we begin to embark on the journey and adventure of living like Christ. We will hear Him clearer and have the courage to obey the callings He whispers to us. We will accomplish His plans, which are far better than our own. We will learn to live and love in a way that is simply unattainable on our own. Remember Philippians 3:20, which states:

“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.”

One of most beautiful promises that God gives us is that we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Our time on Earth is so short compared to forever with Him! Although it’s important to live our lives diligently and presently, while always seeking out the opportunities to bring glory to His name, we also have something much bigger to anticipate and live for.

Billy Graham was an American evangelist that dedicated his entire life to spreading the Gospel and evangelizing to people all over the world. Graham passed away earlier this year in February at the age of 99. He now lives with God, the one he lived to glorify and make known to all people. I’m confident that he was welcomed into Heaven with a “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

In his last few hours, Graham whole heartedly believed that he was preparing to go home, not leaving it. This models the exact heaven citizenship mentality that we should all seek for. When times get tough, stressful or confusing, remind yourself that we are just travelers, anticipating our true home.

Grand Canyon University is committed to viewing God as powerful, active and life-sustaining. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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