Over two hundred years ago a girl was travelling with her mother through Europe. She was a royal princess, heir to a massive fortune.
In the course of their travels, her mother died leaving the little girl with kind strangers who promised to look after her until a letter sent back to the home country could send someone to retrieve her.
In the intervening time, however, war broke out between the two countries making travel impossible. During those years, the princess worked tirelessly to help the kind people who had taken her in.
At the end of the war, a visitor stayed with the family the young lady was with. He noticed her cheerfulness and asked her about it.
“You see,” she replied, “I am a citizen of the other country. And I just received a message that my brother could be here any day to take me home. Every day I live in expectation of that and I can’t help looking forward to it.”
The strangers who had taken the princess in explained the story to their visitor who turned to her and asked, “Then how do you stand the work if you are a princess?”
“Oh, I’m glad to help while I’m here, it gives me something to do while I wait and makes me think of what it will be like to be home.”
In Philippians 3:20-21 we see that Christians are citizens of heaven waiting for their Savior the Lord Jesus Christ to appear. When He does, He will transform their bodies to be like His glorious resurrection body and they can’t help but look forward to it. Study this passage to better understand what it means to be a citizen of heaven and how that impacts a person’s life.
Open the Inductive Bible Study app and join us in the interactive study of Philippians 3:20-21 titled “Are You a Citizen of Heaven?.“