Almost Heaven: A Home Of Citizenship

Each one of us is on a journey to our final, and eternal, destination.  As Christians, we live with the confident assurance that our eternal home is with God.  But, we’re not home yet and there is a life to be lived as we journey toward heaven.  It is my prayer that this series of devotions will help you discover not only a glimpse of heaven, but that it would prepare you to more fully live like you are home even as you continue the journey.

This is day three from the devotional journal, “Almost Heaven: Devotions For the Journey Home”.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God in the process of discovering how He would have us to live as we prepare for an eternal home.

Almost Heaven:
A Home Of Citizenship

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)

What are some advantages of being a citizen where you currently live?  What are your responsibilities as a citizen?  When you consider the idea of citizenship, do you usually think more about your rights or your responsibilities?  Why?  Is a citizenship of a particular country helpful or harmful to a person who would seek to travel the world?  In what ways?  Does being a citizen of heaven make your journey on this earth easier or more difficult?  In what ways? 

Being a citizen means that you have a home where you belong and from which you can expect a certain amount of protection and rights, along with a level of responsibility.  When I have travelled to foreign countries for prayer journeys, I’ve always understood that my U.S. citizenship carried with it some level of protection in certain places but also some increased danger in others.  As a citizen of heaven on my journey home I have eternal protections but I also face danger because I journey through a foreign land.  As you pray, ask God to confirm in you a citizenship in His kingdom that no one can take away.

In prayer,

Tom

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