“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
Philippians 3:20 NLT
On the day I’m writing this, my granny took her last breaths on this earth. Her suffering has ended and as John writes in Revelation 21-22, her eyes enlightened at the sight of the gates of pearl, streets of the purest gold, and the River of Life that leads to the throne of God. All the beauty that granny had seen up to this point would not have even satisfied the thirst she had to fix her eyes on her Savior and Lord. There will be no light, no sun in Heaven because the glory of the Lord and the light of Jesus illuminate this place. My granny, healed of her pain, freed from her chains, and forgiven of her sins, would be singing, playing the piano, and worshipping because she was a citizen of Heaven.
Spending these last days with my sweet, 88-year old granny, I have been reminded of the unwavering faith she possessed throughout her life and even to the end. She told her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of conversations she had with Jesus to tell Him that she was ready for her faith to become sight. She longed for the day when the brokenness of this world would no longer have a hold on her. The love she possessed for her family there would be no rival, but the faithfulness we witnessed throughout her life for her Savior proved where her citizenship lay.
Granny was faithful in her life, but better than that, Jesus Christ is infinitely more faithful. We have no hope of tomorrow, no strength in our weakness, no boldness in our fear without the love Christ showed us on the cross. If there were no crucifixion and no resurrection, our citizenship would remain in its ever-sinful state of the chains on this earth. But with His life, His sacrifice, and His intercession for us, our citizenship can be changed. Granny’s faithfulness proved to the world where she belonged, but only because Jesus was always faithful to her.
Where does your citizenship belong? Does your life reflect it?
Lord Jesus, help me to be more faithful to represent the One who is ever faithful.