THE STORY OF JESUS: Acts 22:22-29
“Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?” (Acts 22:25)
Paul is a Roman citizen; I am a Canadian citizen.
In this world, citizenship has its perks and pitfalls.
Right now I would not want to be a Greek citizen.
Paul claims the advantages of being a Roman citizen, the right to a fair trial.
I benefit from many Canadian rights, like health care, education, the right to a fair trial.
These rights help maintain order and well-being, though sadly many lack them.
Some are born into it; others desperately want it, even pay huge costs to get it.
Such rights ought to be tied to being human, not just for some countries.
We are all citizens of creation, God’s children, deserving a right to a fair trial.
God is in the process of restoring these full rights, which were lost in the rebellion.
Though I thankful for Canadian citizenship, I am more thankful for God citizenship.
“Our citizenship is in heaven… we eagerly await a Savior from there.” (Philippians 3:20)
In God’s kingdom, EVERYONE benefits from human or creation rights.
May God’s kingdom come, that all may enjoy the rights of creation citizenship!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I am thankful for my rights and freedoms here in Canada. But many people do not share them. May Your kingdom come, and may all people experience the rights and freedoms of being Your children – no matter who, no matter where.