“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. “ Martin Luther King, Jr.
I listened as the pastor asked, “What does it mean to be a Heavenly citizen?” During the sermon, my attention drifted and I couldn’t help but think about my daily walk. I thought about what kind of mom I am to my boys, what kind of wife I am to my husband, what kind of daughter, sister, friend and follower of Jesus I am every single day, in every single way.
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" Philippians 3:20
I am a citizen of Heaven because I’ve been saved by the blood of Jesus and accepted Him as my savior. Today I had to ask myself, are my actions, reactions, thoughts and behaviors reflective of someone who will someday be greeted and welcomed into the gates of Heaven by my Heavenly Father?
"And nothing unclean may come into it, or anyone whose works are cursed or false; but only those whose names are in the Lamb's book of life." Revelation 21:27
I meditated on this a bit more while the boys napped. I thought about the type of man Jesus was when He walked among men. He was a representation of a Heavenly citizen, no matter what the circumstances. He loved and sought out to love those that were unbelievers, suffering, sick, poor, sinners and outcasts. By walking in love and demonstrating compassion, patience, grace and mercy, He saved many lives, including mine.
"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." John 8:12
There’s no question that the world is full of darkness. It feels more dangerous, divided, and dark with each passing day. It would be easy for me to withdraw from the darkness and do my best to hide away from what’s uncomfortable, unjust or hateful but that’s not what a citizen of Heaven is called to do.
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9
I have found that when I share God’s love and His truth, that message attracts more light and the darkness around me is dimmed. Sisters and brothers in Christ, we are the light of this world. We have the Holy Spirit in us, and with God’s power, we can do all things. Our purpose in this life is to be a light in the darkness.
"For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light" Ephesians 5:8
This is my purpose. This is the purpose for all of God’s children.