Beyond the Weekend

April 15 | On Hold

April 15, 2020


But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. Philippians 3:20-21 NLT

Read: Philippians 3:20-21

Listen: Philippians 3


While in house arrest and unsure of his future, the Apostle Paul writes the letter of Philippians to a group of Jesus-followers in Philippi. His imprisonment might end in release, or it could end in death. His life was on hold. Despite this uncertainty, Paul has hope and points his readers to that hope too. He reminds them that their hope is in Jesus Christ, his resurrection and ultimately his return.

This passage speaks powerfully to us. We feel like our life is on hold right now. For some of us, we had to hit pause on the big family trip. For others, we had to postpone a wedding, graduation or another big event. Some of us might have been thinking about changing our career. Others are still waiting to find out how much change this will be in the end. For all of us, it just feels like life is on hold.

In the face of these challenges, we have an opportunity to see where our hope truly lies. Is it in rescheduling events, getting a new job or completing one successful day of schooling at home? While these things are good to look forward to, our true hope comes from the resurrection of Jesus. Like Paul and the believers in Philippi, we may not know what our immediate future holds, but we do know that one day our Savior will return and make all things right.


Memorize Philippians 3:20. Consider writing the verse down on a card and placing it somewhere you will see often. Allow it to remind you in the coming days and weeks where true hope comes from. Download our lock screen this week if you didn’t on Monday.

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