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.

Philippians 3:20-21

Throughout history there has always been a dominant citizenship in the world. As a nation occupying world supremacy, being a citizen of that nation gives a prestigious place and enables you to move easily across borders of those countries influenced by the power or metropolis. However, there has never been a more important citizenship than heavenly and that should be the ultimate desire of every human being.

One afternoon in late August 1996 I received my certificate of naturalization as a citizen of the United States. I was not alone as they were about 400 people born in many countries of the world and of different races and languages, united under the banner of the Stars and Stripes. We all felt much honored to become part of the most powerful nation on Earth, to choose the authorities of this country and traveling with its passport.

But more important than becoming a US citizen, was having acquired almost 6 years later an eternal citizenship. In mid May 2002 I can say I received my “certificate” of heavenly citizenship. You might ask me: “Tell me, Tony, how can you be so sure that you are a citizen of heaven?” I understand your concern, my friend who listen to me or read this message. The answer is in the very Word of God.

In Luke 10:20 Jesus says: Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. If our names are written in heaven is because we are heavenly citizens. In the same way that the countries of the world have registered their citizens in their national registers, God keeps a record of every human being who has “sworn flag” into His Kingdom.

Just like when a person acquires a new earthly citizenship to become a citizen of the Kingdom of God, it is necessary to make important decisions. It is understood that acquiring a new citizenship can lead us to waive the previous one. Similarly, if we are citizens of this world and we want to become citizens of heaven, we must give up the things that the world represents to put in place the things of heaven.

Therefore, the heavenly citizenship is acquired when we give up our life of sin and swear allegiance to Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the cross of Calvary. This loyalty means that now He becomes the Lord of our lives. If you have not made this decision, I invite you to get right with God; you renounce sin, become to Jesus Christ and receive your new citizenship. God bless you.

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