Citizens of Heaven

 
 

When the kings of the ancient world sent ambassadors to other nations, they gave complete authority and power to their chosen representatives. The ambassador was entrusted to make decisions on the king’s behalf, to speak as if the king himself were there. The messenger was given a royal authority, hand-picked by the king to speak his will.

 

We are Christ’s ambassadors.

He, the King of Kings, has hand-picked us to carry His message of hope to all nations.

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
— 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

Take a moment to reflect on that.

As citizens of heaven, we have been sent into this world, as 'temporary residents and foreigners', to make known the name of our King. As people who have been chosen and saved by God, we have been given the responsibility and authority to speak His message into this world.

 

But we need to remember that this is not our home. We are here for a short time only.

Why is it so easy for us to mistake this world for our home? We seek its pleasures and its desires, treasuring them as if they were more valuable than the abundant treasure of heaven which is already our inheritance. Having been promised every good thing in heaven, we settle for the counterfeit, transitory pleasures of this earth. Having been promised paradise, we settle for making mud pies in the dirt.

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
— John 17:15-17

 

We have been made for more.

More than this world. More than this life. More than our short stay here on earth.

We stand as people awaiting eternity, awaiting that time when heaven crashes to earth, when we are finally brought home. This perspective of eternity changes everything.

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour.
— Phil. 3:20

Just as no-one loses their national identity when they travel abroad for a short time, so we exist as citizens of heaven in a foreign world. We are children of God, children of light, reflecting the image of our Creator in a hostile country. We are called to be salt and light, to be living beacons of hope, truth and purpose.

Being an ambassador of heaven means wearing our salvation on our sleeves. It means living and speaking the language of heaven and singing the anthem of the Father into this world. Christ is coming, the King is on the move, Heaven is on its way. We have a life-changing message; the Father longs for His children.

We are His people strategically deployed in every walk of life and every context, in communities, workplaces, universities, schools and networks across the country. Your mission field is right where you are. He has called you to make known His gospel exactly in the place your feet are currently planted. It’s His will for you. You have been handpicked for the task. Be bold in the knowledge that you are chosen.

If you truly believe that you are a citizen of heaven it should shape everything about you. The way you think, speak and live. There should be an urgency with which you talk to the people you love about the God who loves them even more than you ever could.

This is not our home. We must be unashamed of our identity and the life-giving message we carry. We must declare it boldly, fearlessly, courageously. The King has given us His authority, so why fear anyone else?