Twenty five ago I met the criteria to participate in the Canadian PGA Tour Qualifying School at Morningstar International on Vancouver Island. Upon receiving my letter of acceptance, I set out to obtain my first passport. Since I had roughly five months to make my travel plans, I wanted to make sure everything was in place before May. Fortunately, I picked up my passport a week before I flew out to the west coast.
Now He who has made us and prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the [Holy] Spirit as a pledge [a guarantee, a down payment on the fulfillment of His promise], 2 Corinthians 5:5.
Trying to get a passport today is much more complicated, taking a minimum of six weeks, but usually two to three months. First, you must gather the proper documentation before you apply in person or online. Documents include a U.S. birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Before a passport can be processed, you must present a photo ID, usually a drivers license, and go to an approved location for a passport photo to be taken. The final portion involves your travel plans within a country or multiple countries.
So then, being always filled with good courage and confident hope, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises], 2 Corinthians 5:6-7.
The Bible refers to a spiritual passport. According to the apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit is received by all those who believe and profess that Jesus is Lord. This invisible passport is like a seal from God, a promise that one day you will be welcomed into the gates of heaven. However, while you are here on earth, God wants Christians to walk by faith. When your sight deceives you, place your hope and trust in the promises within the Bible. Whatever you are going through, don’t forget to apply for your spiritual passport, 1 John 5:13.
by Jay Mankus