Where's your citizenship?

By Rachel Davis

 

Where does your hope come from? Where does your security lie? Often, when I find myself with a troubled heart, these questions provide me an answer as to why I feel so much unrest in my heart.

Recently, I found myself in a position where I had been, for lack of a better word, rejected. With my ego and pride hurt I found myself asking God, “But why was I rejected? I thought I was this great person who deserved (fill in your blank).” I’m usually pretty confident in who I am as a person. I know I’m loved by my friends, and I love my friends deeply and strive to resolve any tension or unrest so I don’t often find myself in a place of rejection. And let me tell you, it was a good place for my heart to be. To be rejected and find myself in a place of humility with the Lord. Remembering that in His eyes I am never rejected.

Going off of that, this past summer I read a book called So Long Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore. And I wasn’t deeply insecure at my surface so I thought that surely this book wouldn’t apply to me. But when we find ourselves out of peace with the Lord, couldn’t we agree that in that is a sense of insecurity? An insecurity of who God says we are, or an insecurity of who God says He is. This can apply to so many situations.  Something I loved that Beth Moore talked about in the book is the idea that we GET to choose what takes our security from us. Yes, of course, things will hurt us and affect us and that is perfectly normal and expected. But in that hurt, sadness, or frustration we don’t have to let those things take away from the security we have in our God-given dignity. In our God-given identity.

We don’t have to let the way we’ve been treated, or our insecurities, our failures, our hopes that are unmet, our desires that seem to never be coming our way, our sins, our mistakes, our regrets, our personality flaws – you name whatever it is for you – we don’t have to let those things take any ounce of security away from us. God has given us security in eternity for those who have accepted Jesus as our Savior.

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)                  

Back when Paul wrote this to the Philippians in Philippi - a Roman colony - Roman citizenship was a BIG deal. The Romans in this colony gloried in the privileges their earthly citizenship gave them and the legitimacy that their citizenship provided them in their society, but Paul talks about a greater citizenship. An eternal citizenship. A citizenship that provides security of who we are in Christ. And If we are promised citizenship with our Father in Heaven, how little are the things on earth that try to steal our sense of security?

It’s okay to feel hurt and frustrated by different things in our life that happen around us or to us, that’s part of being a human with emotions and we need to feel those things sometimes. But will we let those things define us? Will we let those things trample our God-given dignity and security in Him? Let who God says we are and who God says He is be what defines us and gives us security in a world that constantly tries to tell us otherwise.

Mitch Bolton

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