Re:Verse passage – Philippians 1:27-30 (day six)
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven…Philippians 1:27a
In a world increasingly divided into tribes (i.e. conservative or progressive), each brandishing their own weapons of war sharpened by deep-seated arrogance and loathing, Paul calls us into something otherworldly.
Faith and joy in Jesus binds us to a new kind of tribe, with a new set of weapons to advance a different mission. Arrogance and loathing are replaced with the two-edged sword of humility and grace, with mercy, and kindness rounding out the arsenal. The fruit of this heavenly tribe’s tactics isn’t death and annihilation, but new life and unity.
You see, you can always distinguish the tribe by the weapons they carry.
So, above all, live as citizens of heaven (aliens and exiles), soldiers in the Gospel tribe.