Today, my husband became a citizen of the United States.
What? He wasn’t an American already?
Most people are shocked when they find out that before today, he was a Canadian citizen. And some shrug like it’s the same thing anyway, as though these two countries merged at some point.
They didn’t in case you were wondering.
I’m so proud of him. That he’s decided to pledge allegiance to our flag. Not that I have anything against Canadians. But I love our country (despite my growing concerns of our freedom), and feel blessed to live here.
Of course nothing for me can be overly simple. I can’t just celebrate today without thinking about citizenship a little bit. I considered writing a post on fighting for our rights, but that’s not what was immediately on my heart just yet. My focus was not on citizenship here, mind you, but eternal citizenship.
When my husband said his oath today, one of the things he stated was: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”
That is quite a heavy promise. Even though with those words he renounces allegiance to Canada, I can’t help but think what it means to pledge allegiance to Jesus.
Because of His blood, I will one day be a citizen of heaven.
But I live here on Earth now.
When I get wrapped up in the craziness of this world, I find myself saying, “come Lord Jesus.” But I don’t want to just live my life in anticipation of heaven and not think about my actions in this life. Because this life does matter. What I do here matters. Walking out faith matters. How I live my life matters.
Saying yes to Jesus and His Kingdom means renouncing what makes sense in the eyes of the world. In means I should walk by faith and surrender myself fully to Him. It means that sometimes I’ll be looked at funny or treated differently or have people wondering if I’m half-crazy. It means that I live a Spirit-filled life and look to Him for guidance and wisdom. Not government, not celebrities, not my family or even my best friends (although they both can pray and support me too which they do).
Citizenship bears responsibility. Citizens of our country have responsibilities. But as a Christian and future citizen of heaven, I have the responsibility to bring God’s Kingdom here as does everyone who believes like I do. And that looks different for everyone. It could range the spectrum of being a missionary in a foreign country to a mom loving on her kids and raising them up in the Lord.
I read this post on Instagram recently from Christine Caine and it resonated in my spirit as I think about my own walk and wanting my faith to be a life lived.
“Things to expect when you want to take ground for the Kingdom~
~the enemy will forge a weapon against you
~not everyone will want to come with you
~those who should support you often won’t
~people’s agendas will be revealed
~insecurity will rear its head
~fear will scream loudly
~unexpected obstacles will appear
~it will cost more than you think
~you probably will be misunderstood
~ you will feel isolated
BUT…GO ANYWAY…IT. IS. ALWAYS. WORTH. IT. EVERYTIME!”
I want my walk to be a life lived. I want my actions to match my words. I don’t want to just claim faith but to live it out. And while I’m not ready to completely write out my faith walk from the last few years, I have found that all of the above is true.
You know, it’s so easy to get caught up in this world, whether it be in the worry of it all or in the beauty of it all. Some days I find myself so tossed by the wind, so easily forgetful that there is nothing new under the sun. That there will be good days and bad days and joyful seasons and mournful seasons, times of want and times of plenty. We live here and this is our life and we are to bring Heaven to earth and live out our faith.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that our life here matters. It really does. And while I want to live a beautiful life here, and steward our earth and what I’ve been given, this life is temporary.
We weren’t designed for this earth. But what we do while we’re here matters. It matters in eternity. We’ve all been born “for such a time as this.” What are we doing with our time? What do you feel the Lord calling you to do? What step of faith are you waiting to take?
So while my husband and I both will now pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, I’m so glad we both already pledged allegiance to Jesus and can live with an eternal perspective in mind.
God Bless America, friends. And God Bless you.