“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Citizenship in heaven
Every person is born a citizen of a political state or country where they have identity, rights, protections, and share in a certain culture, morales and values. But as believers we should have a different perspective on life. As Paul notes, our homeland is in heaven, not here on earth. Responsible citizenship is important, but our ultimate destiny isn’t in this world, but with the Lord in heaven. Instead of temporary things on earth, a believer's focus is on Christ and His return. We should not focus on greed, sin, and the things of this world. Instead, our concern ought to be on what pleases God. The apostles believed Jesus could come back at any time, teaching Christ will come as He promised (John 14:1–3) at any moment (1 Corinthians 15:50–58). More importantly, we are to help make disciples of all nations, sharing the good news with others so they can also spend eternity with the Lord (Matthew 28:18–20).
Paul reminds his readers in verse 21 that saved believers can look forward to a time when every pain and problem with our earthly body can be exchanged for a new and perfect body. Believers can take comfort in their future, knowing God has the power to transform our bodies and keep us secure with Him in His coming kingdom.
Where do you place the importance of your citizenship?