I often warned you that many people are living as enemies of the cross of Christ. And now with tears in my eyes, I warn you again that they are headed for hell! They worship their stomachs and brag about the disgusting things they do. All they can think about are the things of this world. But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body.
Philippians 3: 18 - 22
Over the years, I have heard many threats by people who were very unsettled by the outcome of an election. They declare that they will “leave the country” if their man or woman doesn’t win! But I have yet to hear of someone who actually did it.
Giving up your citizenship on this earth is however exactly what Jesus Christ is asking you to do! He wants you to give up your place in this world and exchange it for a place in Heaven with Him! In simple terms, you become a Citizen of Heaven.
How does being a Citizen of Heaven change your life on this earth? It changes it in every way. But the most important thing is that your heart is turned toward Heaven and you are bound by the desires of God, not the rules of men!
When the laws of men conflict with the heart of God you step in His direction. You are willing to suffer whatever the consequence for being loyal to the Creator! And you do this because you know for certain that He will love and care for you forever. Close your eyes and imagine that when you open them you will see His face for the first time, and that you will keep on seeing Him forever!
“Lord Jesus, help me to think about You and about Heaven today as I live on this earth as a Citizen of Heaven. Praise Your Name forever. Amen.”