Today, in some parts of the world, it’s Victoria Day, set aside to celebrate the life of Queen Victoria. Crowned queen at the age of 18, she ruled for over 60 years. Victoria became the longest reigning British monarch, only surpassed by the now reigning sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria was ruler of the largest kingdom in history. During her reign, the British Empire included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, parts of China, and India.

So much has changed since the reign of Queen Victoria. The British Empire today is vastly different than in her day. Kingdoms and empires rise and fall. Many of us seek greatness and long to establish ourselves as the final authority in both private and public arenas of life. We are kingdom builders. Or we seek citizenship in the stable, powerful, and enduring nations. Some pay huge amounts for the privilege.

Think for a moment: what would be the value of citizenship in an everlasting kingdom? God offers citizenship in his enduring kingdom — a kingdom that has a ruler with an unmatched eternal sovereign reign, a monarch that is all-powerful, wise, and loving. The price of citizenship in this empire has been paid in full. What a gift! Our anticipated response is one of reverent worship, appreciation and respect.

Maybe even more amazing is the access we have been given to come before the throne. Today may be Victoria Day, but every day should be a celebration of our new eternal kingdom citizenship.

Thank you Father God for the gift of my citizenship in your enduring kingdom! It is not something I can or will ever deserve. Beyond that, you have given me access to your presence as a child to a father. Thank you! Amen.

Go Deeper — Reflect on the significant nature of your citizenship in God’s kingdom. Ponder the nature of your privileged relationship to the King — eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God.

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