As a citizen of the state of Missouri, I have certain rights and privileges. I can, for example, get a major discount on tuition at state-run colleges and universities. This is not something that is afforded to just anyone, but only to those who are actually citizens of our state.
Yet, I’m not only a citizen of Missouri, I’m also a citizen of the United States of America. That status affords me other certain privileges. Social Security benefits, Medicare, and more are included in my citizenship. Those aren’t accessible because I have attained some sort of elite status. They are simply a part of my citizenship.
So, when the Bible declares that Christ’s followers are citizens of heaven – “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20) – what does that mean for us? As citizens of not only our particular state or province, as well as our country, but also of heaven, what rights and privileges can you think of that we have?
Of course, we should realize that there is more to the story than just the benefits to us. As citizens, we also have certain responsibilities. What are our responsibilities as citizens of heaven?