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Citizens of heaven
by Michael Hume 
02/24/13
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"Our citizenship is in heaven." Philippians 3:20

We are citizens of heaven now. If I die I expect to go to heaven instantly. I have one foot in heaven, the other on earth. I live, breathe and act in relation to the next life in heaven. God's advice is sought in and about all matters. God has promised me that I will live in heaven, so I look forward to that eagerly. But first his purpose for me on earth needs completing.

The precepts of God in the Bible are the precepts of the citizens of heaven. They live by the same precepts there, mostly except there Satan, sin and trials are absent. In heaven they put God first and worship Him freely. Here though we are in the world we live by God's precepts and ways. We orientate our lives wholly towards Him.

In heaven good and evil don't coexist but good and evil people do so here on earth. God loves all people and wants them to seek Him and go to heaven, but the bad choices of some put them in hell. Here my patriotism is first to God. My loyalty is to Him, truth, justice, integrity and uprightness. Somewhere lower in priority is patriotism to my country. As long as it does not compromise my faith and ethics.

Our whole purpose in life is in relation to heaven. It is a constant hope. Now and then it is a joyful exercise to think about life in heaven. It is a place I greatly look forward to living in. Thinking on heaven also takes my mind off mundane things on earth and trials.

God has changed me since converting in 1987. Then I said to Him that I wanted His presence only now and then. Now I want Him all the time and cant get enough of Him. God has His means and ways of changing us.



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