So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God….
Citizen of This Country
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
Amendment XIV, Section 1, United States Constitution
This is known as the “citizenship clause” and is the law of the land (of the USA) establishing criteria for being a legal citizen of the United States.
By this clause, I am legal! I was born in Walnut Creek, California.
There is proof of my citizenship with several documents. I can show you my birth certificate. Then there is my U.S. passport. Finally, I can show you my Illinois Driver’s License.
But, other than my birth certificate, these documents can expire and no longer be valid proof of my legal status in this country.
Cost of Citizenship
My passport and my driver’s license both have expiration dates. I can renew them, but at a cost. And, in the case of my driver’s license, if I don’t renew it, there is an even higher cost in the form of fines.
I am extremely happy to be a U.S. citizen and take my responsibility as such seriously. When there are elections, I vote. I obey the laws my elected officials make. I do what I can to support my country.
Even though I am a citizen of the United States, I actually hold duel citizenship. I am also a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
Member of God’s Kingdom
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism made me a member of God’s Kingdom. When water was applied to me and the words, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” were spoken, I was made a child of God.
This didn’t cost me anything. And it never expires!
However, even though it didn’t cost me anything, that doesn’t me it wasn’t without cost.
Jesus Christ paid the cost for my citizenship. He shed his precious blood on the cross to forgive all my sin.
When I was baptized, I participated in the death of Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3)
And unless I reject Christ, I can never be taken out of the Kingdom of God.
Responsibility of Citizenship
Like being a citizen of the United States, there are responsibilities in the Kingdom of Heaven.
For those who like lists, the Ten Commandments enumerate these responsibilities well. To put it succinctly – love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and…love your neighbor as yourself (see Mathew 22:36-40).
I am thankful that God has made me a member of his family. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I will strive to uphold my responsibilities as a citizen of God’s Kingdom.
Heavenly Father, in Holy Baptism you made me your child. I pray that you will continue to strengthen my faith in you so that I may love you and love my neighbor and be a faithful citizen of your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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