If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re a human who lives on planet Earth — and if that’s so, then I know that somebody has let you down at some point in your life. Maybe it was a friend, a family member, or even a parent. Perhaps your father was more or less non-existent. No matter your situation, though, there’s good news for you in Philippians and in the Lord’s Prayer ― you have a Father in heaven preparing a place for you. Humans will always let you down, but your heavenly Father never will.

Here’s the real kicker: when you are born again, you automatically become a citizen of heaven. Being a citizen of heaven is a lot like being a citizen of any country ― it can be a privilege, an honor, and even a blessing. Being a citizen of a country is important. If you were born in the United States, for example, and at least one of your parents was a US citizen, then you automatically became a US citizen at the time of your birth. It’s a desirable thing to have the rights that a citizen has.

As Christians, this earth is not where we fully belong. Our citizenship is in heaven. We have been given everything — we are co-heirs, citizens of heaven with all the rights and blessings that come with our citizenry. We’re just waiting for the day that our Father, who is in heaven, will send Jesus back for us and take us to the place that is our final home.

Lord, thank you that I am automatically a citizen of heaven when I am born again. Thank you that I have a Father in heaven. I can’t wait for the day when I will reach my final destination and see you face-to-face. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Go Deeper ― Whether you are a citizen of the US or a citizen of another country, think about your citizenship and what it means to you. Then take some time to meditate on the beautiful fact that if you are a Christian, your true citizenship is in heaven.

Tags: The Lord's Prayer Philippians 3
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