But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 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. (Philippians 3:20–21 - ESV)
Too many times, as a citizen of this great country, I find myself clamoring for worldly success and financial prosperity. Especially when the economy was strong (pre-COVID), it was easy to watch the 401K climb and get caught up in the comforts of financial security and economic gain.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying financial success, or any other kind of success for that matter, as long as we don’t let it consume us in such a way that we take our eyes off the place where our real citizenship and loyalties lie. I have to remind myself every day that my ultimate citizenship is not here in this country – no matter how well or how poor things are here on earth. My citizenship is up there, in the glorious realm of the kingdom of God!
This is not my home! I often find myself needing to repent of those times I attempt to live as if it were, storing up treasures here as if the next life doesn’t matter. I also have to constantly remind myself that anything done in the Lord and for His kingdom will follow me beyond the grave and will count in the kingdom where my eternal citizenship rests. My earnest desire is that I will live as if I’m wholly a citizen of heaven, even as I enjoy the citizenship of our earthy country.
I pray constantly that I will remember that what I see in this physical world is not all there is. One day, the Lord will come back to earth in the same manner He left, on the clouds, in order to gather His own unto Himself.
What an amazing thought! What a glorious day that will be! We’ll no longer be sojourners in a foreign land. We’ll be home! We’ll be citizens in a land free of politics, corruption, selfish ambition, and greed. We’ll be at home in the greatest place we could ever image – the kingdom of our Lord and Savior!
Until then, let’s remember to where our eternal citizenship belongs!