Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 21st, 2016
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)
No Longer Foreigners
Salvation is more than an individual experience – you are adopted into a new family with brothers and sisters to love and encourage. Thank God for your spiritual family. Take a moment to pray for your church family today.
There are a number of things about Canada that foreigners notice when they visit here. Perhaps what they notice first is the immense size of this country and the distance between cities. They have a real challenge in understanding that it would take at least three long days in the car to drive from Vancouver to Toronto, with hundreds of kilometers between major centres. They also find it interesting that Canadians speak in terms of the number of hours between cities rather than the distance. Foreigners are fascinated that so many of us live so close to the US border. It doesn’t take them long in Canada, however, to understand that this is the case because of both climate and commerce and explains why we have such a close friendly relationship with the United States.
Those who keep track of the movement of people tell us that we live in one of the most mobile ages in the history of mankind. In the past few years due to political instability in our world, or a challenging economy, or the desire for a better life for their children, millions have pulled up stakes and set off for a different country. Often life becomes even more of a challenge than had they stayed, because setting up a home as a foreigner in a country where nothing is familiar can be extremely difficult. There is a spiritual principle here. Sin has separated us from God and His kingdom. Because this is so, we naturally feel at home in this world, and foreigners to the principles that drive the kingdom of God. But Jesus has changed all of that. 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.” Paul has just been writing about how Jesus has reconciled both Jew and Gentile and has brought us all together, granting us both citizenship in the kingdom of God. When Jesus died on the cross, His death tore down all that separates us from each other and from God. Now we are citizens of heaven. That is our native land and where we feel most comfortable. One of the marks of being new in Christ is our longing for the kingdom of heaven. How does that mark your life today?
These have been words from the heart.