Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 22nd, 2021
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household…
Ephesians 2:19 (NIV)
Prior to January 1, 1947, there was no citizenship statute in existence. Canada was in a curious position of being a nation without citizens. This was corrected on January 1, 1947 with the Canadian Citizenship Act. This Act recognized Canadian citizenship for the first time. The current Citizenship Act replaced the Former Act on February 15, 1977. It contains various provisions designed to preserve the citizenship rights of citizens under the Former Act. It also recognizes limited citizenship rights for persons born in Canada before the Former Act came into effect.
When you fly into some countries, there are two separate lines at immigration – one for visitors and one for citizens of that country. I often watch people in the “citizen” line as I stand in the visitors line and I notice something – even after a long flight, and jet lag, people in the “citizen” line look happy. They know that just beyond the luggage carousel there are family members waiting to welcome them home. There is a spiritual principle that this speaks to for those of us who are citizens of the Kingdom of God. Ephesians 2:19 says “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household…” When they day comes for us to stand at the heavenly immigration desk, there will only be one line – only those who have become citizens of that Kingdom by faith in Jesus Christ will be there. We will be joyfully happy because we will be home, and waiting for us will be the Lord Jesus who redeemed us and all our family members who have been saved by grace as well. What a day that will be!
These have been words from the heart.