“As I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.” (Philippians 3:18–20, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What a terrible thing to live one’s life as an enemy of the cross of Christ. “[Those] who kill the prophets and stone those sent to [them], how often [He] longed to gather the children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but [they] were not willing. Look, [their] house is left to [them] desolate.” (Matthew 23:37–38, NIV 1984). They have no citizenship in heaven, their home is desolate, “their destiny is destruction.“
My Advice – Those of us who are in Christ had that as our destiny once. At one time we too were unwilling. Shouldn’t we have a longing to gather them into the Kingdom? Shouldn’t their life apart from the cross of Christ bring us to tears, if not outwardly then at least inwardly? Would that we not only had the mind of Christ, but the heart of Christ as well.