But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
🔴 WHERE IS YOUR CITIZENSHIP?
Citizenship– the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community.
Citizen– an inhabitant of a particular town or city. A legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.
If you claim God as your Father, that means this would is not your home! Yes, we as believers live here but only temporarily. The world is not our eternal destination. However, a tree is known by the fruit it bears. To claim God as our Father we must uphold His reputation. We must honor the family name of believers in Jesus Christ with not only our words but with our lives. As believers, we are made Holy through His Holy Spirit living in us.
Perhaps, the better question to have asked is, “Do you know the personage, character, and attributes of the God you believe in”?
The one and only true God is Holy. He is righteous. He is a lover of justice. He has established fairness.- Psalm 99:4.
I recently had a conversation with someone who claimed that they could not validate anyone who was not pro-life. This person could accept and support the immoral insults, prejudices, bigotry, lack of compassion for foreigners and their families, and outright disdain for the opposing pro-life view. (Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?-James 3:11) She honestly refused to recognize the hypocrisy. Even when I asked her would she be content with someone separating her children from her and putting them in cruel living conditions (caged up/prison atmosphere). How would she feel if her son was discriminated against because he seemingly posed an imagined threat?
When we claim God as our Father and honestly believe in Him, we strive to become more like Him. His Word teaches us in the:
Book of Galatians
5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one Word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
- Who is your Father?
- To whom do you belong?
- How will you spend eternity?
- Where is your Citizenship?
~ Devotional by Diana L.W. Coleman
This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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