Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3: 20

 

 

I live here, in this house, in this town, and on the earth. This is where all of the visible and tangible things that I do are carried out, and this world’s physical boundaries are what tend to define my home. Yet, Paul saw his world quite differently from just being framed by the people, places, and laws of man that existed where he lived. It seems that Paul was acutely aware of the change in the real, from the heart, allegiance that he had sworn when Christ became his Lord and Savior. At that time Paul and everyone else who has entered into the same transforming relationship with God through Christ were changed from being citizens of this world into holding citizenship in heaven.

 

Citizenship, as used here, is a reference to much more than just the nation that would issue us a passport or a statement of allegiance to a particular governmental entity. The word used refers to the concept of living in community, and it implies the existence of a conversation, a dialogue, with that community. In Christ, this is what we all gain. We become a participant, not just an observer, in the ancient dialogue between God and people; thus, our worldview can become elevated from our earth-bound one to God’s heavenly vista.

 

Recognizing this reality and choosing to live in its marvelous possibilities can profoundly alter the way that you and I view our lives. When we seek to open our hearts and minds to the ongoing conversation that the Lord wants to have with us, and we seek to live each minute of every day with that dialogue guiding our thinking; our understanding of our physical world will be altered. Then we can see the sort of potential that God sees in the people and in the situations that we will encounter, and our hearts will be guided through those encounters by the ever present words of wisdom, grace, peace, and love that come directly into our hearts from the Spirit of Christ. As we choose to truly dwell in the righteous and just land that is the Kingdom of God, we expose the parallel world that is this earth to the hope of salvation that comes only in Christ.