True Citizenship

Description

How much more completely would we realize our calling if we simply saw ourselves as visitors on Earth?

Acts 21

After Paul's travels, he preaches in Jerusalem and is arrested for violating the Law.

INSIGHT

When Paul preaches, either a riot or a revival usually occurs. When he goes to Jerusalem for the last time, a riot breaks out. Having been told beforehand by the Holy Spirit, Paul is aware that he will be imprisoned and handed over to the Gentiles. Even though his friends beg him to avoid Jerusalem, Paul "would not be persuaded" by them. Eventually, his friends give up and say, "The will of the Lord be done" (v. 14). Paul views himself as a sojourner on this earth, for his true citizenship is in heaven. He is to be simply a steward and an ambassador of Christ while his time lasts. What power and vision that outlook gives Paul to avoid the entanglements of this world! How much more completely would we realize our calling if we saw ourselves in the same way?

PRAYER

Give praise and thanks to the Lord for giving us citizenship in heaven:

Daniel answered and said:
"Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him" (Daniel 2:20-22).

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up,
That I may repay them...
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And set me before Your face forever (Psalm 41:10, 12).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Wisdom for your country’s leaders
  • Faithfulness with your talents
  • Whatever else is on your heart

Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul! (Psalm 103:21-22)

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