"Our citizenship is in heaven."-- Philippians 3:20 Have we lost our deep love and longing for the homeland of heaven? Do we need to refocus on our primary citizenship? Have we driven our stakes too deeply in earthly soil and become comfortable and cozy as earth dwellers? Even though we are living as temporary residents of earth, our primary citizenship is in heaven. This biblical concept is a mind stretcher-even a life changer-for any disciple who dares to take it seriously. It will challenge believers who may have never understood their true identity as resident-aliens on earth. Living in this world as foreigners is a common theme in both the Old and New Testaments. Thus, the Bible becomes our "Immigration Manual," informing us about the few years we spend as heavenly citizens in this earthly realm. During our pilgrimage in a foreign land, we must battle the temptation to settle down and fully integrate into the host society. No matter how many years we reside here, deep down inside, it never quite feels like home. Only when we finally enter the homeland of heaven will we really be able to say, "Ah, home at last "Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Lindsey Garmon holds degrees from David Lipscomb University (B.A.), Harding Graduate School of Religion (M.A.), and Austin Presbyterian Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He has served as a staff teacher in a local church setting for many years, sharing the Word of God with adults who are eager to learn and grow spiritually. He and his wife, Sherrie, currently reside in Portland, Texas, and attend North Bay Church of Christ.
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