As I prepared today for our weekly devotion at the gymnastics center I was again reminded of some incredible truths in how we make it through daily life… because if we are not careful we will definitely get knocked off balance!
The lessons we have been sharing have come from the balance beam. And the final one of that series dealt with making sure we “spot our landing.” Obviously the most basic truth here revolves around the assurance of our salvation in Christ and “landing” in Heaven…
(A reminder here that all religions sincerely are trying to figure this out – but sincerity never trumps truth! The final “landing” is not based upon what we can do for God but instead upon what He has done for us! Faith in the finished work of Christ creates the great exchange where Christ paid for / took my sin and I received His righteousness to my account [see 2 Corinthians 5:21.] I received citizenship in Heaven when I believed on Christ for salvation [see Ephesians 2:4-6]!)
The lesson his week though keys on “Spotting the Landing”… keep it in our focus… It is not just having the knowledge of our final “landing” but keep it is an active part of the “routine on the balance beam of life”…
Christ did that… He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him (see Hebrews 12:2.) In other words He was able to endure because He was looking beyond.
The Apostle Paul did that… He boldly proclaimed that “to live is Christ” but “to die is gain (See Philippians 1:21.) In other words life can bring whatever it wants to bring and he is ok – well not just ok – he is joyful and rejoicing. He was “spotting his landing.”
In his letter of joy to the Philippians he stated that some keep their eyes focused on temporal earthly things – on filling their bellies – their own desires… (3:19.) Yet then encourages us to remember who we are and where we are going (or to “spot our landing”.) He states in verse 20: “For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”