“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God”. Ephesians 2:19(KJV).
There is a big difference between Church members and citizens of the Kingdom. Many people in churches across the nation are church members as opposed to citizens. Citizens are bold and confident and enjoy the right and protection of the kingdom they belong to. To understand and enjoy the Christian life you need to develop the mindset of a citizen and begin to see yourself as such.
A citizen is someone who is born, belongs to a nation and enjoys all the benefits and privileges of the nation/kingdom or a person who legally belongs to a country and has the right and protection of that country.
Most times we come to church, serve in departments and participate in all the activities, yet we fail to enjoy the benefits available in the kingdom. The simple reason for this is that we are members and clearly not citizens. As citizens of the Kingdom we are entitled to certain inalienable rights e.g, protection, divine health, joy, prosperity, etc. it is impossible to be a citizen in the kingdom and not enjoy these rights and privileges.
There is a behavioral pattern and peculiar ways of doing things in every kingdom and this is not different in the kingdom of God. The key difference in our kingdom is that our King is a Spirit and there are angels on assigned to work and deliver certain things on our behalf. We should never lose sight of who we are, “citizens of the kingdom”. In our kingdom, our constitution is the ‘Word of God’ which determines our language. We live our lives based on the mysteries and keys of the kingdom of God. This is what sets us apart as citizens of the kingdom (1 Peter 1:9-10).
When Jesus Christ came to earth, he had only one message which is the gospel of the Kingdom (Luke 4:43). Everything Jesus said and did had to do with the gospel of the Kingdom. A citizen that decides to live outside the dictates of the gospel of the kingdom will struggle in different directions. Any other gospel outside the gospel of the Kingdom is a waste of time. Inside the Kingdom of God, there are treasures but if we do not have the passport we cannot access it.
The Bible tells us in Romans 14:17 that the Kingdom of God comprises righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. A citizen is expected to produce fruits of righteousness, have joy always and live a peaceful life devoid of fear and anxiety.
God brought us out of darkness into marvelous light. He set us apart as a Holy nation and a royal priesthood. He says we are no longer foreigners, not strangers but fellow citizens with the saints. Ephesians 2:19. We must know who we are to fully enjoy the promises in the kingdom.
Are you a citizen or a church member?