Many individuals around the world have dual citizenships. They live in one country and can freely travel to and live in another country because of their dual citizenship. It’s very convenient and works quite well for some people.
The concept of dual citizenship also rings true in our spiritual life. While we live on earth and are citizens of the countries we live in, we are also citizens of heaven. As Christians, we have a dual citizenship. Paul reminds us of that truth in Philippians 3:20: “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” And, the author of Hebrews writes, “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come” Hebrews 13:14.
Many Christians go on living their daily life in the here and now. They become so attached to this world and what it has to offer they no longer look forward to going to heaven. Although they have dual citizenships, they choose to live their lives focusing only on the temporary things of this world and not the eternal things of God. Their time and energy are spent, too often, on trivial things that have no spiritual impact or lasting meaning.
Since the spiritual things are unseen in this life, it is quite easy to forget that it exists at all: “Out of sight, out of mind.” Their hope and ambitions in life are to live their best life now. If you’re hope is to have your best life in this earth, then heaven is not the place for you. Heaven is not a place for people who think less is more or who take a vow of poverty either.
Heaven is a place for people who are poor in spirit, who see no good in themselves worthy enough to enter it. Heaven is a place for people who have exhausted all this world has to offer and have come to realize that it can’t even compare to it. Heaven is a place for people who have set their faith on Jesus Christ who is the epitome of perfection and the only source of salvation.
I am not saying that we should not live as to appreciate the things God has so graciously provided for us in this life and to use our gifts and talents to edify others and glorify God so our life here on earth can be a meaningful one. Not at all!
Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.” If we are not conducting our lives in such a way as to bring honor and glory to God by our behavior and actions, then we might as well not be called Christians. Like James writes, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17).
Our faith along with our works must demonstrate to the world that we truly belong to Him. It’s not that we are saved by doing good works, on the contrary, our good works show that we are saved.
Are you too preoccupied with this world and the things in it that you have forgotten your other citizenship? Is your heavenly citizenship not important to you?
That’s why Paul the apostle so adequately states, that we must set our minds on heavenly things rather than on earthly things (Colossians 3: 1-2). Our deepest longings and desires should rest there. In a city that has no night, no tear, no sin, no impurity, no indulgence other than what is for holiness and purity.
May we aspire not to allow the trivialities of this life cloud the realities that await those who have been chosen and called according to His purpose. That road is narrow that leads to heaven. It has many obstacles to distract and to prevent us from entering, but praise be to God that He’s the one who holds us close to Himself and all whom He has chosen will be saved and enter therein.
I don’t have a job as I am writing this, but I know that my God will supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. As long as I am faithful to Him, He will provide all my necessities. This life is only temporary and the hope of eternal life outweighs any suffering and pain we may endure on this earth.
I rejoice that I have a dual citizenship. I mainly rejoice that my heavenly citizenship is a kingdom greater and worth far more than this tent.
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