My husband is an immigration attorney, and I’m always so fascinated by the stories he tells of the men and women who come to our great nation seeking to become citizens. Many of Paul’s clients leave behind real suffering and strife in their home countries for a better life here, in our land of abundance. We live in a wonderful, blessed country.
In today’s reading from Ephesians, we hear of our true identity, which is deeper and more profound for each one of us personally than our earthly home. While our nation of birth or residency is important for us, the Kingdom of God is greater still. And, it unites us in a way nationality does not.
“You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).
This household where we have citizenship, “built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,” is held together by Christ Jesus Himself (Ephesians 2:20). He is the “capstone,” the high point and crowning achievement of this structure.
The universal community of believers is a sacred temple to the Lord, held together by Jesus. And this entity, built together by God, becomes a dwelling place of Him. Together, we as believers are a dwelling place for God.
We are a living temple of the Lord!
What an honor to be a part of something so great. How transformative for each one of us to have citizenship in this everlasting, sacred household of God. For as much as we celebrate the goodness of what God has provided for us in the land in which we live, our citizenship in the household of God is greater still.
How does this idea of being a fellow citizen and member of God’s household resonate with you today?We as believers are a dwelling place for God. // Rachel Balducci Click To Tweet
Thank you for being here.
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