Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
Many live in opposition to the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction because they worship the flesh, and their minds are set on earthly things.
Our citizenship is in heaven, and our bodies will be transformed form a place of humiliation to a place of glory. Therefore we must stand firm.
A christian’s allegiance is not to this world but to heaven. The people of the world pursue worldly goals and seek to maximise their personal pleasure.
As citizens of heaven, we must not merely pursue earthly desires. We have a much higher destiny in view.
To some extent we all compromise in some ways with our culture. We must not look to the world to tells us how to live. It is Christ, through the Scriptures and the conviction of the indwelling Holy spirit who directs our thinking and our actions.
For this reason we will always be at odds with unbelievers and with the culture. We can expect to be vilified and hated because God’s values are so different from those of sinful people.
Regardless, we must stand firm and, at the end of the age, we will be transformed into the glory of Christ,
Lord, I thank you that this world is not all there is. I thank you that you have called me to eternity. Amen.