Adapted from the teachings of Dr. Victor Torres, Jr.
The biblical principle of CITIZENSHIP is of great importance to every believer. The apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 3:20). This Bible verse reveals that all believers in Jesus Christ are no longer “citizens” of this world, but belong instead to a far greater eternal Kingdom.
The moment we are born again through faith in Christ, we are spiritually adopted as sons of God (Rom 8:15,16). Our citizenship is “conveyed” or transferred into God’s Kingdom, which is not of this world (Col 1:12,13).
Just as spiritual adoption into God’s family has great implications for every believer, so does heavenly citizenship. Becoming a citizen of God’s Kingdom should impact every area of our life – including our understanding of who we are, and how we think and act. It should affect how we view the world around us and how we live our daily life.
How we view the world around us will greatly contribute to the daily choices we make. This is what is known as a worldview. All people everywhere have a worldview of one kind or another which is shaped by a wide variety of factors.
As Christians, a correct understanding of our citizenship in God’s Kingdom should be the primary shaping influence of our worldview. It is important for you as a leader to live in such a way that all can see that you are a citizen in God’s Kingdom. It is also important that you both model and teach this way of life to those whom you shepherd.