By Don Bailey
Today's Scripture: Ephesians 2:19–22
Central Thought: Christ has made us citizens of the kingdom of heaven.
Becoming a citizen is not easy. The process from the initial application for a visa to the actual citizenship oath can take years of effort. These new citizens often shed tears of joy in knowing that they are now officially a part of their new home.
Ephesians 2:19 indicates that we were foreigners and aliens separated from God's kingdom. Our sins created this barrier, and no amount of effort on our parts could break down the barrier and unite us with God. Christ, however, broke down that barrier by becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins and reconciling us to God.
As citizens in His kingdom, God expects us to be loyal to Him. A new citizen to the United States vows to 'entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen” (retrieved September 3, 2005, from http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/citizenship/oath.html). God wants us to renounce our previous ties to sin and death and keep our commitments to Him. As we determine to be loyal to Him, we find that He works in us to make us a perfect fit in the Body of Christ.
Devotional Prayer: Thank You for making me a citizen in Your Kingdom, Lord.
Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 41:17-43:13; Ephesians 2:1-22; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 23:29-35