Citizens Of Another Kingdom

As we go about our daily lives here on earth, we must always keep in mind that we are not of this world. We are citizens of another kingdom – the Kingdom of Heaven!
It is so easy to get our minds fixed upon the things of this world, as we go about our routines of going to work, shopping at the grocery store, cooking for our families, watching over our children and caring for our houses.  In all of our earthly responsibilities, we must not lose sight of who we really are.  We must bring all of these things before the Lord, and let Him live out His life through us.  We are citizens of another realm, and we must reign in this life from that realm.
So often we find ourselves tangled up in the issues we face every day: the problems at work, the problems at home, the issues we have with our neighbors, and the daily conflicts we see in the world around us.  Who has time for the Kingdom of Heaven?
Jesus gave us the answer to this question, when He said, “But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
The Kingdom of God is His Kingdom in Heaven.  Jesus said that is where our focus should be.  We need to seek His Kingdom first, before everything else.  It is from the perspective of the Kingdom of Heaven that we must view everything else around us.  When we do this, Jesus said, we will find all the other things we seek here on earth being added to us.  This happens when we make God our source for everything.  This happens when we seek for His righteousness, not just things.  When the things of Heaven become more important to us than the things of this world, then God causes everything else to fall into place.
We cannot lose sight of where our true citizenship is.  The Apostle Paul wrote:
“For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NKJV).
This may seem to be so farfetched, until we consider what else the Apostle Paul had to say about this subject.  He wrote:
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV).
It is when we continually set our minds on the things of Heaven that God takes  care of all the things we face here on earth.  Isn’t that an amazing thing to consider?
Now you may call to mind that old saying:  He is so heavenly minded, he is of no earthly use.  Don’t let this hinder you from setting your mind on the things of Heaven.  Years ago, when I was thinking on this saying, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, and said, “The spiritual man is heavenly minded, and is good for every earthly use.”  Now you may have an idea of what God thinks of that saying.  He has a different perspective on everything we see here on earth.  We need to see things the way God sees them.  Don’t you agree?
The Prophet Isaiah had this to say about God’s perspective about things here on earth, when he wrote:
” For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so aremy ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV).
As citizens of Heaven, God wants us to come up to where He is and see things from His perspective.  He has a far greater perspective on things than we do.  He sees problems and issues from a far different perspective than we do.  Those problems you are facing may seem like great mountains blocking your path, but from His viewpoint they seem so small.  That is how He wants us to see the issues we face here on earth!
Setting your mind on the things of Heaven has to start at the beginning of each day.  You have to give the Kingdom of Heaven first place.  It is in the early moments of the morning, as you come before His throne, that you need to place everything you face here on earth in His hands.  You don’t have the ability to handle them yourself, you need His help with everything, and that is exactly what He wants to do.  He doesn’t want you to do anything in your own strength.   He wants you to be completely dependent upon Him.
The Apostle Peter told us exactly what we had to do with the cares of this world.  He wrote:
“Casting all of your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV).
Yes, you can do something about all the problems and issues you face here on earth.  You can do something about all the needs you have facing you today – you can cast them upon the Lord!  Once you do this every morning, leave them in His hands.  Don’t take them back, by worrying about them again.  Just leave them in God’s hands and thank Him all day for taking care of them, until you see the answer come to pass.  By practicing this in your daily routine, you will be amazed at the difference living as a citizen of Heaven can make in your life.
You are holy, dear saint!
Steve Smith
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

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