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Where’s Your Citizenship?

by Joanna Pierce on October 05, 2016

Someone I know recently shared a picture of our fifth grade elementary school class for the entire world to see. I was immediately embarrassed reflecting on the awkward, innocent, fifth-grade version of myself. But, then a wave of nostalgia swept over me as I glanced at faces I hadn’t seen in years.

My eyes settled on a few students in the class who were from different countries. My grade school, at the time, facilitated a foreign exchange student program. So, I had quite a few exchange students in my class. I became good friends with many of them growing up and was sad when they left to return to their respective countries.

It was hard for me to understand why my friends had to leave at the time. But, I learned they all lived somewhere else. They were citizens of different countries and couldn’t stay in the US indefinitely.

As I looked at those faces, I wondered where they were now and what they were doing. Did they ever return to the States? Did they become US citizens?

Citizenship is an interesting concept. It ties us to something bigger than ourselves, and gives us privileges and benefits which are unavailable in places we travel to. We’re citizens of the country we live in, and most of us haven’t obtained dual-citizenship to any other country. Why? It’s a lot of work.

Deep down inside all of us, there is a desire to obtain dual-citizenship to somewhere. We didn’t create that desire, and we can’t devise a process for obtaining that citizenship on our own.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19, KJV).

We were not put on this earth to be a permanent citizen of this world. Our true citizenship is in heaven, where we’ll meet our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20). But, how do we obtain that citizenship?

It’s amazing, we don’t have to take any tests or pay any fees to gain this citizenship. It’s an arduous process in the earthly realm, but quite the opposite in the heavenly one. Jesus took care of it all by shedding His precious blood on the cross.

Ephesians 2:19 tells us we are no more strangers and foreigners—people who live in a country with native-born citizens without the rights of citizenship. All we have to do is to be “born again” (Acts 2:38) through the new birth experience (John 3:5), and we’ll become fellowcitizens with the Saints and of the household of God. We’ll start to enjoy the many benefits of this “dual-citizenship” already on earth, as we’ll be joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), and citizens of a heavenly realm.

Dual-citizenship isn’t a grandiose idea, or an unattainable endeavor. Our enemy would like us to think that earth is the only place we will ever reside. But, we have a Savior who has prepared a place for us (John 14:3) and eliminated the paperwork so we can step right into that new land at our appointed time.

The key is getting ready before we lose our “dual-citizenship;” the day when we leave this world behind. Where will your citizenship be? See today to secure your heavenly citizenship, and look forward to the day when the Lord calls you home.