My Dear Friend;
On Independence Day, our home will fly the American flag. We’ll do this not because my wife and I are veterans. We’re not. We won’t do it because other families on our street are doing the same thing. And we certainly won’t do it just because it’s the traditional thing to do. We’ll do it because we’re citizens. We’ll do it because we’re proud to offer visible evidence of our belief in the promise of this country.
The Apostle Peter describes the people of God as “a holy nation” (Peter 2:9). In Ephesians 2:19, Paul notes that Jews and Gentiles have been reconciled in Jesus Christ, pointing out that, because of His sacrifice, we are “no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people.” As a result, those of us who profess Jesus as Lord are privileged to enjoy so many blessings. We are forgiven of our sins, claim the promise of eternal life, and can know the powerful presence of God’s Holy Spirit.
Yet in the end, making a visible commitment to Jesus is not a matter of singing a song or flying a flag. It’s a matter of living for Christ every day, of willingly sacrificing ourselves for someone else and of always being ready to declare our allegiance to Him, regardless of the cost.
So fly your flag, sing the National Anthem and live your life in such a way that others “may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).
I have dual citizenship. What about you?
PS: Remember – YOU are in God’s hands and in my prayers.