2012-10-23 - Citizenship
As avid birdwatchers, my husband and I enjoy our "regulars" who spend the entire year with us: Cardinals, Bluebirds, Chickadees, Phoebes, Mourning Doves and more. But we also eagerly look forward to Fall and Spring, because it provides the opportunity to see migrants. For a few weeks each year, our feeders host lovely Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, vivid Blue Buntings and Grosbeaks, spritely Vireos and other travelers.
All of God's creatures are beautiful and interesting in their own ways, and they all serve a purpose. For example, the much-maligned armadillo, who can wreak havoc with gardens, is also a homeowner's additional insurance policy - inasmuch as termites are a staple of its diet! We believe that as stewards of the Earth, it is our responsibility to help these critters when it's needed. For though originally "nature took care of its own," with the development of land and the recent longstanding drought, the normal natural food sources are scarce, and we consider it a privilege to help all of our fellow creatures.
But when it comes to our life on Earth, we should be more akin to the migrating Buntings and Grosbeaks. For as citizens of Heaven, we are "just passing through," as well.
Philippians 3:20 (Message) 17-21 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I've warned you of them many times; sadly, I'm having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ's Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there's far more to life for us. We're citizens of high heaven! We're waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He'll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
Some of us can remember being graded not just on Algebra, Advance Biology and Composition, but also on "Citizenship." How proud we were, when we had a blue A on that card by "Citizenship!" Now, as Christians, everything about us - our words, behaviors, checkbook registers, schedules - should reflect our status as "good citizens" of Heaven.