Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Our Citizenship (Part 1)
For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
Our desire for fellowship is God-given and natural. That's why cities have ethnic neighborhoods. My daughter lives in a part of Brooklyn that's primarily Polish. It's filled with Polish signs, stores, and professionals.
That's why we join clubs and teams in schools: to form bonds and friendships. That's why churches have small groups: to meet people and feel connected, to belong.
Also natural is the teenage desire for independence. Relative to their parent's wisdom, the 'war' for independence can range from friendly fire to desperate rebellion. Results? New families, peer groups, peer pressure, and gangs--the best of fellowship or the worst.
Of primary importance to emerging Christians is the sure knowledge of our ultimate peer group: our true citizenship. Jesus said of His disciples: 'They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world' (John 17:16).
Then where do we belong?
'Now the Lord had said to Abram: 'Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you' ' (Genesis 12:1). That land would be Canaan, the Promised Land, 'A land flowing with milk and honey' (Deuteronomy 6:3), now called Israel.
But God's children would not be limited to Israel, nor even to earth. We belong to the 'General assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in Heaven' (Hebrews 12:23). We are 'Fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God' (Ephesians 2:19).
We are cherished citizens of the most powerful government in the universe. Heaven is our homeland. Not only that, we are brothers and sisters of the King, by purposeful adoption, by royal decree, by blood.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Our Citizenship series.