“At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
What drives Nigerians to desperately want their children born “abroad”? Is it better health care that drives them or something else? We all would agree that the motivation is better citizenship. The conviction is that they are securing a better future for their children by ensuring they become citizens of a better country.
There is power in citizenship, so much power that many will cross any line to get it, whether border lines or moral lines. From contract marriages to forged papers, desperate people will do anything. Interestingly though, what most people are scheming for, others simply have as a birthright.
The value of citizenship is measured by the rights and privileges that it brings with it. In some countries, it implies free education or free health care. What will cost a foreigner an arm and a leg, a citizen would get with total ease.
The same is true in God’s kingdom – we have rights and privileges or incredible value and they include healing, forgiveness, prosperity, wisdom, power, immortality and life.
When the Lord Jesus told Nicodemus, “except a man be born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”, He was practically handing him a heavenly passport – a citizenship ‘to die for’.
Awesome! Being born-again is the birth that makes you a Kingdom citizen.
Look at Obama, a black man from Kenya, and today the President of the most powerful country on the planet and all by virtue of citizenship. If you are born-again and thus a citizen of God’s kingdom, I want you to know that you are meant to be a king, to rule and reign with the Lord Jesus. Do not disqualify yourself from this great honour that has now become your right by grace.
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
This articulate words inspired by the spirit reminds me of the contention of Paul’s Roman citizenship in Rm 22:22-29. Some buy their citizenship with money while others are born with it. Buth thanks be to God who has bequeath us with heavenly citizenship by the new birth Phil 3:20