“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
We must take into consideration the whole of chapter 3, then the word citizenship will fall into proper context regardless of the translation. In Chapter 3:20 our citizenship as a Christ one, is spoken of as “conversation” in the King James Version translation. The Greek word used in the KJV is of a very extensive meaning: our citizenship, our thoughts and our affections.
Just as traits of our nationality show in our dialect, dress, accent, traditions and foods, Christians then, heading for glory must live and conduct themselves as citizens of a glorious heaven. In Verse 14 Paul says, “I press onward towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.” So many believers live like they have no goal, no direction, and no concept of inheriting a heavenly citizenship. We get caught in the subtle ways of the world in our speech and behavior because that’s where our minds dwell.
Friends, it’s time to set our minds on the things of God and stand on the excellence of Christ’s example in our life presentation, as we await His glorious return. He is worthy of our very best and in honor of our Him, who is our Savior and our King, let’s honor Him and glorify Him, in our actions and behavior as we await His glorious kingdom!