Citizens of the Kingdom

img-thing“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household…” (Philippians 2.19)

It sucks being the outsider.  When I was in 3rd grade, a buddy of mine invited me to this thing called Church Camp.

We drove down to the K-mart in North Topeka and purchased a $3 KJV Bible.   We didn’t own any Bibles and we figured one was just as good as any other.

The first thing we did every morning was raise the flags, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, recite the Christian Pledge, and the Bible Pledge.  I was good on the first one.  The other two were completely foreign.

During the day, we had devotions and teachings; but, the other kids Bibles had different words than mine.  Not totally different, but different enough.

That night it rained.  We were shuttled into the Chapel where we watched a pickle singing about a hairbrush.  No Lie!

I remember thinking that night: “If this is what Christianity is all about, count me out!”

I was the outsider.  In language, culture, thinking, and everything.  VeggieTales just revealed it.

Now its exactly opposite…trying to navigate the shop, the pens, or Walmart, there is a vernacular, culture, thinking, and language that I am unaccustomed too.

When a culture begins to feel home, you have left one and became a citizen of the other.

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but citizens…” Paul says.

They were called out of one culture, the culture of Ephesus, and into a new one.  They were learning a new way of living, a new vocab, a new thinking.  Ephesians is rich with all the basics and foundational teachings on this new culture.

Ephesians 1: “In him we have redemption through his blood…”

Ephesians 2: “Dead in transgressions…alive in Christ…saved by grace”

Ephesians 3: “…through the Church, the manifold wisdom of God is made known…”

Ephesians 4: People are equipped “…for works of service to build up the body”

Ephesians 5: “Be imitators of God…just as Christ gave himself…”

Ephesians 6: “Finally be strong in the Lord…”

The basics are a fantastic place to start!

 

 

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