Where are you from?

Philippians 3:18-20

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Where are you from? Perhaps people have asked this question to you if you are living in a place that isn’t where you grew up. If you live in a different country or a different state or a different area of our nation that isn’t home to you.

Perhaps the reason people have asked this question is because of your accent. They notice that you sound different than they do. I know this has happened to me before. When I was with some of my friends from the military we were in the midst of a conversation and all of a sudden I said a word that they thought sounded extremely strange. I said the word bagel.

They said it sounded very Minnesotan of me and they were laughing with glee. They couldn’t contain themselves and I was kind of embarrassed that they were laughing so much about my accent because they maybe thought that the Minnesota accent doesn’t sound very sophisticated. Doesn’t sound very intelligent. Maybe I thought the same thing. Perhaps I tried to minimize the words that I would use that would maybe give that accent away because I didn’t want people to know really where I was from.

But what about our citizenship as Christians? In Philippians chapter 3 the apostle Paul writes these words

Many walk as enemies of the cross of Christ… They are thinking only about earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. We are eagerly waiting for a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:18-20)

He says there that our citizenship is in heaven. We are citizens of heaven. Is that something though that we’re embarrassed of? We’d rather people not know? Or maybe as Paul mentions earlier in those verses we walk not in the way of the cross of Christ, but we follow after the things of the world because they seem so pleasurable to us.

But if you think about it, nothing could be better than being a citizen of Heaven. Heaven, that beautiful place without any suffering, sorrow, pain, or death. An eternity of perfection and glory with God forever. God reminds us of who we belong to. We are citizens of heaven. That’s where we belong. He encourages us not to be afraid for the world to know this, but to be proud of it because we know where we’re going. We know who our Savior is. He shall bring us there, Jesus Christ. Amen.