Citizens Of An Unshakeable Kingdom….
As Americans, we are living in unprecedented times. Our nation is deeply embroiled in a presidential election that will undoubtedly have implications for generations to come. As followers of Jesus, we now find ourselves in an even more precarious place as the second Tuesday in November rapidly approaches.
First, and foremost we’re citizens of a heavenly kingdom, having been adopted by grace through faith in Jesus (Eph 1:5–10). While we’ve been given the wonderful privilege of living as nationals of the United States, fundamentally we’ve been called to live in this nation while resisting the earthly temptation to make it into our promised land (John 17:14–19). If we’re feeling more and more homeless in this country, could it be that we’ve somehow fallen prey to believing that we are already living in “The Promised Land”? Let us never forget, we’re still sojourners living as exiles in a crazy Babylon.
In light of all of this, how then should we live? As exiles and citizens of the kingdom of God, fidelity to the good and glorious king Jesus requires that we live by the rhythm of faith and obedience in every area of our lives (Daniel 6). Empowered by the Holy Spirit of God, we increasingly orient our lives to the truths of scripture. We’re called to live distinctly Christian lives, both declaring & displaying the Gospel, while engaging in the welfare of the community where God has placed us (Jeremiah 29:4–7). As we do, the whole of our lives will become a divine hashtag in the cosmic Twitterverse, declaring on repeat that we are living in this world, but we’ve been born again and transfused with an alien DNA (1 Corinthians 5:17).
Having been appointed as ambassadors of reconciliation, the manner by which we conduct our lives now serves as an apologetic for what we believe to be eternally true. Living in the rhythms of the kingdom, we begin to sprinkle the flavor of Christ into our communities. We begin to narrow the focus of reality by shining the spotlight on the great and glorious king of the universe. Our message of hope begins to make its way into the culture as it resonates with the power and genuineness of our faith. This is what it is to be salt and light in a culture that has become increasingly more numb to the soul satiating flavor and inexhaustible glory of Jesus.
Lastly, as we seek to be faithful citizens of God’s heavenly kingdom, let’s fight the urge to give ourselves over to fear and political power play. On the contrary, may we return to the hope we have received in the Gospel, always prepared to share the reason for our hope. Fellow Christian, we have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken, our security rest in the hands of King Jesus!
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
Christ is all-