For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
How I long that every child of God would recognize the power behind a statement such as this! Your citizenship is in heaven! It has been granted to you by the Lord Jesus Christ. Like the traveler who journeys abroad, the child of God is a foreigner to this world. His habits and his appearance should find little in common with the citizens of this evil age (1 Peter 2:11). As a child of God, one should anticipate a certain measure of discrimination, hatred, and even hostility to be taken against him. He who claims to be of a different origin, and yet finds little distinction between himself and those around him, has much maturing still to be gained.
One should not be worried by the inhospitality he will face while in this world. While the child of God is called to be in the world, but not of it, he is given the power to accomplish this task through the person of Jesus Christ: “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). For with such a great citizenship, comes such a great responsibility. He, who has been given the right to be called a child of God (John 1:12), has now been entrusted with the position of a holy ambassador to the glory of his great King (2 Corinthians 5:20). Behind the titles of citizen and ambassador, the child of God has protection and authority in a world that is not his own (2 Thessalonians 3:3).