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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Our passport is stamped

Alaska Yukon Canada border
Philippians 3:20 (ESV)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Day thirteen of our Alaska Adventure we started our morning in Beaver Creek in Yukon, Canada. Since we were so close to Canada we thought it would be fun to add it to our adventure. To return to the USA we had to use our passport to cross the border.

American citizens flying to and from neighboring nations like Canada and Mexico used to get by with carrying a birth certificate or, in some cases, just a driver’s license as a travel document. Not anymore! Now we’re all required to carry a valid US passport. Without that document, you don’t get out, and you don’t get back in.

You know, a passport is an interesting little book. If you’re arriving in your home country, your passport usually enables you to bypass the long lines of visitors.

But that’s not always true when you’re away from home.  Dr. Erwin Lutzer, the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, has often traveled in countries closed to the gospel. He has some very interesting stories of how, upon arrival in these countries, he is usually hassled and questioned extensively because the guards think he’s an agent for the CIA or, better yet, a Bible smuggler! Well, after an excruciating experience at a border crossing, he said, “You know what I love? I love the thought that when I get to heaven . . . with Jesus on my passport, there will be no hassles at the border.”

Wow, what a great thought! Over and over again in Scripture we are reminded that, although this world is our temporary home, we’re not to get too comfortable here. Our true home is in heaven where our citizenship resides. We can look forward to being welcomed into our true home, based not on our attempt at good works or our earthly accomplishments, but based on a spiritual passport stamped with the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord, thank You that because of what You did for each of us we have our passport stamped and will be welcomed home. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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