Heavenly Citizenship

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Phil 3:20-21

I remember my dad talking about his family. They emigrated from Sweden just two generations previously. They learned the language and even changed their name from Svenson to something more Americanized like Swanson. I still have some relatives in the Pacific Northwest that go by Swenson.
My grandmother had limited use of Swedish. It was not spoken around the house. As I heard it her parents said, “We are American’s now. We speak English!”
When you become a citizen of another country you must adapt many of your ways and views to fit in with that country.
In the United States you must take a test showing an understanding of the government, the Constitution, and basic US history.
A citizen should show respect for the laws and customs of the land and enjoy the freedoms given without taking excessive advantage of these freedoms.
When I visit another country I do not give up my citizenship but must respect the laws of the country I visit.

If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world. ~Vance Havner

The apostle Paul says our citizenship is in heaven, though we have never been there.
In order to become good citizens we need to study the ways of heaven and how to live as a citizen of heaven – all found in the Bible.
We are visitors here. As Jesus said we are not of this world. (John 17:16)
Our emigration is completed when Jesus transforms us from here to there.

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