Wayne Weekly “Banners of Our Citizenship”
Written by Wayne Taylor on January 4, 2023
Here we are ringing in the New Year…or should I say wringing our hands in the New Year?
As we reflect on 2022, we don’t get that great of an image. Perhaps in our personal lives we have had a good year. Family victories, good health, a new job situation are all positive accomplishments. But, as we review what’s transpired in 2022 in our country, not so good.
I have been reminded several times throughout this past year that my citizenship as a believer is really in heaven. Oh yes, I am a US citizen. I make sure my family and I vote. I display an American flag off my front porch. I get teary when I hear a rousing edition of the Star Spangled Banner. But my US citizenship is temporary, an identity of where I have been planted by God on planet earth for a short stay of maybe 80 years.
As believers with “not a natural” citizenship in Heaven, but, by grace, a divine citizenship made possible by being born from above, we can enjoy the rights and privileges offered to those of us who now hold residency in Heaven. As U.S. Americans (or Canadians) we currently hold dual citizenship, a passing earthly one and an eternal heavenly one.
In 2023, let’s be good planet earth citizens, but primarily, let’s exemplify our celestial citizenship as Christ’s ambassadors, flying our Christian banner high and pledging our allegience to Almighty God.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…” Phil. 3:20