Daily Devotion for November 7, 2016
'No Dual Citizenship!'
Philippians 3:20 NAS
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household...
Luke 10:20 NLT ...rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.
And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of My God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from My God. And I will also write on them My new name.
A long time ago, I was surprised to find out that a coworker of mine was not a U.S. Citizen. This fascinated me, because she had lived here most of her life. Holland was the country where she had been born...but she had gone to school here, worked here, married here, and raised children here...
The part that fascinated me was that she didn't want dual citizenship—although she could have it! This lady had absolutely no interest in belonging to two places at once. Moreover, my coworker didn't consider this country or her belongings here to be of any real value: her one citizenship was precious—it was enough. Her heart, values, thoughts, inheritance, loyalty, purpose, and sense of belonging all came from the place she belonged...
Lord, my coworkers' story reminds me—we heaven-bound Christians have a precious “citizenship...in heaven!” That is, we Believers “are fellow citizens with the saints,” we “are of (Your) household,” and we are NOT to have dual citizenship with the world!
Use Your Spirit and Word to grow our understanding of our precious citizenship, Lord! Help us Believers increasingly 1) “rejoice because (our) names are registered in Heaven,” 2) correctly value the temporary things of this world, and 3) make our hearts, values, thoughts, loyalty, purpose, and sense of belonging increasingly come from You—the One to whom we belong! We ask this in Your name, Jesus, so we “Above all...live as citizens of heaven, conducting (ourselves) in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ...standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News” (Philippians 1:27)!
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