Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 7th, 2020
Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Citizenship in Heaven
The term Canadian as a term of nationalism or citizenship was first used under the Immigration Act, 1910, to designate those British subjects who were domiciled in Canada. Canada was the first nation in the then British Commonwealth to establish its own nationality law, with the enactment of the Canadian Citizenship Act 1946. This took effect on January 1, 1947. In order to be deemed a Canadian citizen on January 1, 1947, one generally had to be a British subject on that date, or had been admitted to Canada as landed immigrants before that date.
Followers of Jesus live in tension. We live in a world that often operates on principles that are foreign to the principles of the Kingdom of God of which we are citizens. At the same time we are called to be salt and light in this world and to pray for those who are leaders of the nations of this world. We are citizens of a nation on the earth. But we are also citizens of the Kingdom of God. How do we live successfully in this tension? Philippians 3:20-21 says this: “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” C.S. Lewis said that Christians are of no earthly use unless we are heavenly minded. It is as we keep our eyes and hearts on Jesus, our King of kings, that we live best as a citizen of an earthly nation. How can you live as a citizenship of the Kingdom of God today?
These have been words from the heart.