October 22, 2011

Kingdom Citizenship

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 22, 2011

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”   Philippians 3:20

Followers of Jesus Christ are not citizens of this world. This life is a pass through, as we are on temporary assignment as agents of God. We serve on foreign soil, for heaven is our home. Kingdom citizenship is easy to forget; we sometimes begin to act as if this is as good as it gets. But the best this world has to offer is of no consequence compared to even the least of what heaven has to offer; a sumptuous meal here is much better there; wonderful worship here is no comparison to the chorus of angels there; raving relationships here cannot hold a candle to the absence of sin and sorrow there; the beauty of God’s creation here foreshadows the incomprehensible glory He has prepared there; the struggle of sickness here releases to 100% wholeness there.

The enjoyment of stuff here is laughable in comparison to the value of His heavenly rewards, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit here is but an appetizer before the feast that is the countenance of Jesus. Things are much, much better back home in heaven. This is where our hope lies, ultimately and fully. Do not become enamored of, taken in by, or too comfortable with this world. It is passing by and we are passing through. The land of our origins is full of God and free in Christ. We can hold our head high because our King Jesus, rules in majesty, holiness, and grace. We are privileged to serve under the flag of His kingdom, and we represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Yes, you are an ambassador for Christ, so it is necessary for you to remain on earth for now, for the sake of the gospel. You represent your Lord for others; so do not take your ambassadorship lightly or flippantly. Keep top of mind your responsibility to be a good citizen in the Kingdom of God. You can constantly be aware of opportunities to represent God’s concerns, and draw others into His kingdom.

People are attracted to God because they see Christ manifested in your life. They want to apply for citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Their visas from this world are torn, tattered, and limited to the temporal need of constant renewal. This is not the case when you immigrate to the shores of heaven. Your papers are good for eternity because you are now a citizen of an everlasting kingdom. Kingdoms of this world come and go but the Kingdom of God is now and for evermore.

The Kingdom of Heaven is not without battles, so fight the good fight for the glory of God, and for the souls of men and women, boys and girls, and the unborn. The war is already won; so let others know they do not have to remain prisoners of sin. They too can become kingdom citizens right now. While you remain on earth, invite as many others as possible to submit to the Almighty’s reign. Be humble, bold, and joyful of the fact that your citizenship is in heaven.

The Bible says, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…”(Hebrews 12:22).

Taken from the October 18th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God

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