We count it a blessing to be apart of a church that preaches the Word every week and yesterday was no exception. Our Pastor preached out of Romans 13 concerning having the right focus as we approach a new year. Living in light of Christ coming back at any moment and that we are closer to Christ’s second Advent every day we have breath.

It caused me to think about what Paul writes to the church in Philippi,

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Phil. 3:20-21)

In John MacArthur’s book Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong, he writes concerning God, Government, and the Gospel. He has some interesting comments about our responsibiity as earth dwellers.

“Our identity, priorities, and mission are not defined by our citizenship on earth, but in heaven, where our Savior awaits (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16), and our fellow countrymen dwell (Heb. 12:23). It is there that our names are recorded (Luke 10:20; Rev. 13:8), and our treasure is stored (Matthew 5:12; 6:20; 1 Peter 1:4). Though we live in this world, we do so as servants and ambassadors of our heavenly King, Jesus Christ.”

Are we identifying ourselves as citizens of this world more than citizens of heaven?