The Privileges of Citizenship


I’m a citizen of the United States, but I haven’t lived in America all my life. I have had the opportunity to live in a foreign country while I was serving in the Navy. I spent two years stationed at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan. I also had the opportunity to do reserve training in several other countries.

If you have ever lived in a foreign country, you know there are differences. There were times I felt out of place living in Japan. Although most signs were also printed in English, many other things were different. The stores, food and schools were all very different that those in America. Movies all had English subtitles. Money was different. Even though I had my own car, the driver’s side was on the opposite side of the car, and I drove on the other side of the road. And then there was the language barrier. If I was away from English speaking people and tried to converse with the locals in Japanese, I always butchered their language.

I will always treasure my experience in Japan, but as my tour drew to a close, I longed for home. As a Christian, I also long for much more. I long for peace. I want to enjoy the simple beauty of God’s creation. I wait, in anticipation, for the return of Jesus. I’m yearning for my eternal home.

Our acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior means we are born again – born into the Kingdom of Heaven. Our future home is the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Philippians 3:20

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Citizenship grants special privileges not enjoyed by outsiders; the right to vote, for example. Being a citizen of heaven grants me at least one special privilege – to gaze into the eyes of my King, my precious savior, and say “Thank You.”

Have you ever thought about what will you do with your eternal privileges?

Blessings on your day.

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8 thoughts on “The Privileges of Citizenship

  1. Hallelujah – what a wonderful privilege to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, to not only be a citizen, but a child of the King and joint heirs with Christ! Thank you for this wonderful post reminding us that this world is not our home… We’re just pilgrims on our way to a better home, not built with human hands.

    Many blessings,

  2. I can relate to living in a place where things are very different. That is the way I felt the four years I lived in Doha, Qatar. It is such a comfort to me to know we all have dual citizenship – where we live and our eternal home in heaven. Blessings!


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