"Citizenship In Heaven"
March 25, 2011
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
My wife and I had our fourth child when we were still working in Zambia.
Part of the procedure there was to have my wife check in every two or three weeks in a small clinic in Lusaka where we lived.
Everything was going well.
Although the doctor in the clinic advised us to go back to Finland when it was time for the baby's birth, we were not willing to arrange such a long journey. The doctor then suggested that because they had better facilities, my wife should travel either to South Africa or to Zimbabwe.
We chose Zimbabwe because it was closer. Three weeks before the baby was due, my wife took a flight to the capital of Zimbabwe, while I and our three older children drove to meet her.
After Miika's birth, we came back to Zambia. We did not have enough time to get a passport for Miika, so we applied for a travel document with which he was able to enter Zambia. Miika's full name is written in the travel document followed by the words: "Citizen of Zimbabwe."
A few weeks later, I baptized Miika in our Sunday service.
In my sermon, I talked about Miika's real citizenship. His permanent home was in Finland; his temporary home was Zambia, and he was born in Zimbabwe. Every one of those three countries could have been his home country.
Then I said, "Miika's true citizenship is in heaven. The apostle Paul writes, "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Galatians 3:27).
Through Holy Baptism we are children of God. Jesus died for our sins, and His victory is delivered for us in our baptism. Because of what the Savior has done, Miika, and all of us who are baptized, have their real citizenship in heaven.
Here we wait patiently for that day when Jesus is coming to take us to our real home.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for making us Your children. Keep us in Your care until You take us home to be in Your arms. In the Savior's Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: The preceding devotion was written by Reverend Esa Luomaranta, pastor and missionary in the Lutheran Evangelical Association of Finland.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries