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But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…
A person’s citizenship can be identified by their conversation. So whether someone is French, German, Canadian, English, Australian, or South African, the way they speak is evidence of their nationality. However, sometimes an accent can also be faked. The same is true of spiritually. (Matthew 12:34: “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”)
How do we know a person’s citizenship? It is often evidenced through normal conversation and lifestyle; however, it becomes most apparent when someone is placed under a high degree of pressure. That’s when any artificial facade crumbles and washes away to reveal the true citizenship underneath. What is the source of our citizenship? It’s in the way we respond when something goes wrong. For example, when the doctor says, “Its cancer,” the girlfriend says, “I’m leaving,” or the boss says, “Your job has been eliminated.” If we’re truly people with a citizenship in heaven, we won’t see, live or be defined by the temporary setbacks, disappointments and tragedies of this world. Rather, our speech and conversations will reveal that we live – not with our temporary condition in mind – but with a clear vision of our eternal destination.
How have you handled any setbacks recently? What do your thoughts, attitudes, conversations and lifestyle say about your citizenship? What should it?
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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.