Philippians 1:27

Philippians 1:27 says, “Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.”

What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? This is a question for those who profess Jesus to meditate on. Citizens of a particular nation generally pledge their allegiance to it and participate in its social and political activities. In a global crowd, this national citizenship is how one identities themselves, and, whether they like it or not, it is how others define their values. So if we are called to be citizens of heaven, would this quick definition of citizenship apply? As Christians, we all reside in a nation, but our primary allegiance is to the Kingdom of God. This means that often times we are counter cultural to the nation, because our values and priorities may not align with the politics of its government of social norms of the culture, looking out for the other (the least and the lost) above the self, keeping the priority of our eyes on the Savior and not crashing waves around us.

So, how will you be a citizen of heaven this week? What will need to be corrected? What will need to be promoted?

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