If we are going to be effective in penetrating every area of society, we must understand clearly just who we are and then live up to that.


You need to understand that you are citizens of Heaven. The apostle Paul exhorts the Christians at Philippi to conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. This is really not the best translation. The word in Greek that is translated "conduct yourselves" literally means "act as a citizen." The city of Philippi was a Roman colony and its inhabitants were proud to be Roman citizens. Paul reminds the Christians than they are citizens of a greater kingdom–– the kingdom of God. He uses this same word in Philippians 3:20, where it is rightly translated "But our citizenship is in heaven."

While we live on Earth, we must never forget our real home–– Heaven. You are a citizen of Heaven and you need to act like it.

You are citizens of Heaven because you are children of God. In John’s gospel (1:14) we read: Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Every person who receives Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior becomes a child of God.

Our problem is that, all too often, we fail to understand the radical nature of this transformation. In the new birth, something happens to us that radically alters us at the core of our being. We have a new nature implanted within us. We may not feel any different initially, but we have been invaded by the Spirit of God. A transformation has begun that will not end until we are glorified in Heaven with Christ. But we are now his children. We are now citizens of Heaven even though we live on Earth.

Our challenge is to see ourselves from this perspective. And we will never do it unless we spend the quality time with Christ that we need. Time in prayer, meditating on his Word, reflecting on his truth, drinking in his Spirit, are all necessary for our minds to be reprogrammed to see ourselves from his perspective. If you spend all of your time reading other things, watching television, viewing videos, or surfing the Internet, you will never see the reality of who you are in Christ. And you will never be who God intended for you to be in this life.

AuthorDon Cowan