I was born a British citizen. ThisÂ year I became a Canadian citizen asÂ well. Citizenship and ImmigrationÂ Canada are fully aware of my dualÂ citizenship but they have no idea thatÂ I also have a third. I am also a citizenÂ of Heaven!
There are criteria that a personÂ must meet before being eligible forÂ citizenship. One of these is havingÂ no criminal history. To be eligibleÂ for Heaven you must admit that youÂ HAVE done wrong and sinned againstÂ God. What a difference!Â Many, who were affirmed citizensÂ at the same time as me, came fromÂ countries of oppression. To finally beÂ free and feel safe was a great reliefÂ to them. Sin ensnares our lives inÂ bondage that is much greater than anÂ oppressive nation, for â€œWhoever commitsÂ sin is a slave of sinâ€ ( John 8:34).
It cost $200 to become a citizenÂ of Canada but it cost me nothingÂ to ensure I was going to Heaven.Â However, it cost the Lord Jesus ChristÂ His life. He paid the price for myÂ sin so I could enter HeavenÂ with a clean record in theÂ sight of God.
Although I hadÂ lived in Canada for tenÂ years and have a CanadianÂ husband, I wasnâ€™t Canadian.Â I had to take action! In theÂ same way I had to make a definiteÂ application of faith in Christ. GrowingÂ up with Christian parents, going toÂ church and doing your best does notÂ make you a Christian. It is a personalÂ matter and you must come on Godâ€™sÂ terms. â€œFor by grace you have been savedÂ through faith, and that not of yourselves; it isÂ the gift of Godâ€ (Ephesians 2:8).
To become a citizen I had to swearÂ allegiance to the Queen. To be inÂ Heaven, our allegiance must alsoÂ change. We must turn our back onÂ sin and accept Jesus Christ as Lord ofÂ our lives. â€œIf you confess with your mouthÂ the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart thatÂ God has raised Him from the dead, you willÂ be savedâ€ (Romans 10:9).
The Government of Canada canÂ revoke my citizenship at any time.Â My Heavenly citizenship canÂ never be revoked! EvenÂ though I haveÂ pledged myÂ allegiance to Jesus Christ, I still sinÂ at times (to my dismay). The paymentÂ that was made for me at the cross wasÂ enough to ensure that I am foreverÂ safe: â€œI give them eternal life, and they shallÂ never perishâ€ ( John 10:28).
Citizenship secures benefits for thoseÂ to whom it is granted. Heaven bestowsÂ the BEST benefits! I now have aÂ restored relationship with God, my sinsÂ are forgiven, I have eternal life and IÂ KNOW that I will be in Heaven.Â â€œOur citizenship is in Heavenâ€Â (Philippians 3:20).
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