Citizenship In Heaven

One of the characteristics of the modern world is multiculturalism. The ease we have with travel allows people to move far from their homeland to forge a life in a new place. We all observe these communities within communities. It is interesting to see how they form and the place they provide for people not raised in the predominant culture within the larger country or area.

Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV)
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

When I read this verse, I often think of these communities of immigrants. It is easy to see the advantage and the comfort of a culture that is familiar. Often language is part of what draws groups of people together. These groups are often not yet in sync with the predominant culture, and I can imagine some of the feelings this would evoke.

Being a Christian is somewhat like this. I know we live in a country with predominately a Christian culture, even though this is fading. Living in cultural Christianity is not the same as living in a culture with people whom are actively seeking God and His ways. To do so puts you in a different cultural group…..a group of foreigners. This is when we begin to feel that we belong somewhere else. Where is this somewhere? We can not help but feel like our home is in heaven, the dwelling place of God.  When we accept Christ, our citizenship transfers. Our home is now with Him. We continue to live and thrive in our current state because of our relationship with Him. We know that we will someday go home. We know that we will someday be like Him.

Until then, strive to thrive as a stranger in a foreign land. Live in His community. Invite others in. Engage in the greater culture around you.

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