“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
The Apostle Paul was writing to the church at Philippi who placed much value in their Roman citizenship. Although they were not living in Rome, they considered themselves to be under the Roman law and customs. Paul, himself, was a Roman citizen and knew their mindset. So Paul wrote this verse for them to consider the value of what it means to be a citizen of Heaven.
Just as a Roman citizen would never forget that they belonged to Rome, Christians must never forget that we belong to Heaven. Which means we must conduct ourselves as heavenly citizens. If we belong to Heaven, we need to act like it.
To live somewhere you don’t belong means you’re an alien. We live on this earth but don’t belong here. We were made for more. This earth is foreign land to us. As Christians we are pilgrims passing through and waiting for our time to come when we are residents of Heaven. We should be set apart from this world and be noticed for something different about us.
The problem is sometimes we live like we belong here on this earth and value the things here more than heavenly things to come. For example, if we know that we have a mansion in Heaven being prepared for us, why are we placing so much value in a home here on earth? Paul says it best in verse 19, “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” Then he says, “But our citizenship is in Heaven.”
Are you living like you belong here or Heaven? Are you storing up treasures here on earth or investing in Heaven? God would have us to place more value in the life to come in Heaven than being so earthly mindset. We must consider our heavenly citizenship.
Lord, I know I belong to you. Let my actions and words be proof of my citizenship to Heaven. Today I will live for You.