FELLOW CITIZENS

There was legitimacy to my adventure.

Those words caught my attention while reading in Ephesians 2:19.  First of all it is a single word in older versions of Scripture.  Doing a little research caused me to look in the wrong place for the word; fortunately I discovered without a lot of fanfare that I was not looking in the right location.  That resolved, I proceeded to my original thinking.

When I sensed that I should come to the United States to study the Scriptures and prepare for the ministry, I also discovered at that time that I would probably apply for a “green card” and ultimately, to become a U.S. citizen, would enhance the speed with which I could begin my training.  God worked in a wonderful way and everything fell in place.

Knowing I would need work to support myself, someone recommended me to work in the U.S. Postal Department.  I walked in the Post office and was immediately assigned work.  However, when they discovered that I was there on a “green card”, they called and told me I could not work for the U.S. government any longer.  It was not a problem; I found ample work and all of my bills paid.

Five years later I was able to apply for “citizenship”.  It was an exciting moment when I finally obtained my citizenship.  I enjoy referring to my “fellow citizen” status.  Now I could come and go like any other citizen of this country.  There was legitimacy to my adventure.  I did not ever have to depend on others or be concerned about being sent back to Bermuda.  In fact, I have visited numerous countries and have always been welcomed as a U.S. Citizen.  That word that appeared in the KJV Bible is, like I said previously, a release from a stranger or an alien, but I am a citizen of HEAVEN!  And, I am also a member of “God’s household.”  According to the context of those verses, the “Blood of Christ” provided me with a PASSPORT that enables me, with confidence, to enter in Heaven itself.  Read the words of Ephesians 2:15 and 16… “so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.”  If you are not a believer, that the blood of Christ was sufficient for your becoming a “fellow citizen”, why not acknowledge to God your need and accept God’s sufficiency… CHRIST… Cross that border legally!

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