What Kind of Citizen Are You?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
March 31, 2009
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
What kind of citizen are you? It is often a sad fact, but true, that the biggest hindrance to the gospel is not its message – which is one of hope, eternal life, forgiveness, love, and redemption – but Christians themselves. I ask the question about citizenship because that is what Paul is asking his readers at Philippi. He literally writes that they are to conduct themselves as citizens in a manner worthy of the gospel or as citizens of the gospel. Now, dear fellow Christian, do you do this? What kind of citizen are you?
We live in a world where many think that everything should revolve around the individual. It’s all about me. And, while this is perfectly normal for say, an infant, it is not a way to live life for a mature adult. Adulthood is more than achieving a certain number of years. It is being able to make the correct decisions that benefit not just yourself, but more importantly others around yourself in a beneficial way. In other words to make sure that the world is a better place because of you. However, there is more for the believer than just this narrow view as well. We are to live in such a way that Christ is glorified in all that we do. That folks are always pointed towards Jesus and that He is seen as not just the epitome of our existence but that He does indeed change the lives of those who trust in Him and the gospel message.
A citizen of the kingdom of God lives differently than the citizen of the world. He knows he is to be a reflection of the one he believes in. This world is passing away and what you leave in it as you pass through it says a lot not only about what you believe but also just how mature you are and what kind of citizen you claim to be. Christians are citizens of the gospel. We are kingdom kids journeying towards our heavenly abode and least we forget this we would do well to remind ourselves of this fact on a daily basis. We forget that each of us will give an account of our lives and how we lived them for the Lord – or not. And just a Paul warned the Philippians that whether he was actually present with them or just heard about them, that they should “stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.”
What kind of citizen are you?
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