Citizens of Heaven

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20, ESV).
Smoke from the fire billowed upward, filling the blue sky. The acrid smell of a city burning filled their nostrils and stung their eyes. Although they were several miles away, they could still hear the crackle of flames, and see the glint of armor as soldiers kicked down doors and looted homes.
The unthinkable had happened; they had lost their country. The aging prophet could see the lines of those residents who did not escape begin the long journey, chained to each other by the neck, to the far away Tigris Euphrates valley.
And he wept. Often Jeremiah had been accused of being a disloyal citizen of Israel, but his pleadings, his demands on God’s behalf were actually the words of a man who loved Jerusalem and loved the people of God. Now he was on his way to Egypt, a man without a country, for his country was no longer on the map. It was a backwater in the Babylonian Empire.
Every empire since the dawn of time had aspirations for eternity … and ended in dust and rubble. Every empire that lives now will one day fade to the dusty records of history. Nothing man builds will last forever. Only what God builds will do that.
Are you a citizen of heaven?

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