What Is The Citizenship Eligibility In Heaven?

Christians have a dual citizenship – on earth and in heaven – and our citizenship in heaven ought to make us better people here on earth. 

– Warren W. Wiersbe

Christian living is different from others because Christians strive for a lifestyle based on the word of God and not of this world. It is not a walk in the park as Christians struggle every day with either following the flesh or the spirit. That is why every Christians must live out their heavenly citizenship even if we are still on earth. Study God’s words to be guided on the way you think, act and say. 

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Letter of Paul to Ephesians 2:19. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Isaiah 26:3-4: Trust In The Lord, Jesus Christ, Forever

Heavenly citizenship

In Chapter 2, Paul is talking about the heavenly citizenship that we received through our faith in Jesus Christ, by God’s grace. This extends to the gentiles who are no longer strangers and aliens, but are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. 

Jesus had said in His ministry, my kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). And if we are followers of Christ, our destined dwelling place is not on this earth. This matter is something worth taking into mind. The prince of this world, Satan, tries to make us think we are worldly citizens, making us comfortable here and forget about our eternal life. 

How to get heavenly citizenship?

Citizenship in heaven is achieved when we repent from our sins, place our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and live every day in obedience to the Father under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. John wrote, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Therefore, let us not hold on to our citizenship on earth as it expires. Live out your heavenly citizenship while on earth, for this lasts for eternity. Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. Have you accepted citizenship in heaven? Accept Jesus Now.
  2. Do you consider yourself a worldly person?
  3. Are you thinking about your eternity?
  4. Why do you think we get comfortable on earth?
  5. How do you share with others to think about their eternity?

Prayer

Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

(from Crosswalk.com)

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