Citizens of Heaven: Living with an Eternal Perspective

In a nation (and even an entire world) full of chaos and confusion, it’s easy to get caught up in the here and now—the news, the debates, the primaries, the wars, the politics, the polls, the elections, etc.

We become consumed by our daily routines, our immediate struggles, and our short-term goals. Yet, as believers, we are called to live with an eternal perspective, understanding that our true citizenship is not of this world but of heaven.

This realization should shape our identity, influence our daily decisions and actions, and provide a hopeful—not just a wishful—outlook on life.

“They should be able to say in this land, ‘There goes a heavenly citizen, one who is with us, and among us, but is not of us.'”

Charles H. Spurgeon

Understanding Our Heavenly Citizenship

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, reminds us of our heavenly citizenship: “But our citizenship (conversation; business) is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). This verse offers a timely reminder that as Christians, our ultimate allegiance is not to any earthly nation—not even one as great as ours—but to the Kingdom of God.

This heavenly citizenship gives us a unique perspective on life, one that transcends the temporary and looks toward the eternal.

Living as Ambassadors of Heaven

As citizens of heaven, we are called to live as ambassadors (representatives) of Christ here on earth. This means representing His values and principles, as well as the love of His Kingdom in all that we do. It means being a light in the darkness, offering hope in times of despair, and living out the gospel in tangible ways. The Apostle Paul describes this calling beautifully in 2 Corinthians 5:20: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech (implore) you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

The Impact of an Eternal Perspective

Living with an eternal perspective changes everything.

It shifts our focus from the temporary to the eternal, from the seen to the unseen (Colossians 3:2; 2 Corinthians 4:18). It helps us prioritize what truly matters: our relationship with God, our love for others, and our mission to share the gospel.

When we view our lives through the lens of eternity, we find greater purpose, deeper peace, and a more profound sense of hope.

  1. Purpose in Our Work: Understanding that our work is a form of worship and a way to glorify God can transform how we approach our daily tasks. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us that “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
  2. Peace in Our Struggles: Knowing that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18) can bring peace in the midst of trials. Our struggles are temporary, but our hope in Christ is eternal.
  3. Hope in Our Future: Our citizenship in heaven assures us of a glorious future eternity with God. Revelation 21:4 promises, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Practical Ways to Live as Citizens of Heaven

  1. Cultivate a Kingdom Mindset: Daily renew your mind with God’s Word, focusing on His promises and the eternal hope we have in Christ (Romans 12:2; Titus 1:1; Hebrews 6:18).
  2. Invest in Relationships: Prioritize meaningful and discipleship relationships—always be looking to share God’s love and truth with those around you. Be intentional about building church unity and community as well as encouraging others in the faith (Romans 12:18; Hebrews 10:24-25).
  3. Serve with Love: Use your gifts and resources to serve others, reflecting Christ’s love and compassion (Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34). Pray and then look for opportunities to make a difference in your church, in your community, and beyond (Galatians 6:10; Jude 22).
  4. Pray Continuously: Maintain a close relationship with God through prayer, seeking His guidance and strength in all you do (I Thessalonians 5:17). Pray for others, interceding on their behalf. Pray, and then watch God work!
  5. Share the Gospel: Boldly share the message of salvation with others, inviting them to receive the hope and joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:27-28).

May we seek “to be model citizens who willingly outwardly and inwardly submit to the authorities, who pray for our leaders, as Paul told Timothy, who honor them, who reverence them, who abide by the laws they have made, that we may give a good account of Christians, that the gospel may become attractive.”

John MacArthur

Being citizens of heaven calls us to a higher standard of living, one that reflects the love, grace, and truth of our Savior. It challenges us to look beyond the what’s happening around us and live with an eternal perspective.

As we embrace our heavenly citizenship, we find purpose, peace, and hope that transcends this world, shining as beacons of light in a world desperately in need of the Hope we know and have.

Let us live as citizens of heaven, ambassadors of Christ, and bearers of eternal hope, knowing that our true home awaits us in the presence of our loving Heavenly Father.

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About Friendship Baptist Church

Our purpose is to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel through the preaching of His Word and the making of disciples. At Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) we teach the Bible in order to facilitate spiritual growth in all of God’s people and to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship. God has graciously used Friendship to further His work both locally and across the globe since 1965.