Eduardo Davila and his family left behind their war-torn country and political leaders who made life unbearable. They were seeking asylum, and all they had was their Nicaraguan passports.

They were aliens who had come legally to this country but still were people without a country. They could not vote and had no legal protections.

That changed in 2008. Davila and his family walked into a start government office in Miami. They took tests and swore allegiance to the United States.

On that day, they got their papers. They were American citizens, with full rights and responsibilities.

Davila and his family escaped the tyranny of their country and found freedom. They could live a better life, a peaceful life, a more abundant life.

Citizenship is a precious commodity. Yet, we take it for granted. It is even more so when it comes to spiritual citizenship.

Paul reminds the Ephesians and us of the position of a citizen in the kingdom of God.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, (Ephesians 2:19)

Those who are citizens of God’s kingdom are welcome in the household. They hold papers that grant eternity, hope, and peace.

Our American citizenship is vital. But it is even more essential to be citizens of the heavenly kingdom. Do you have your papers?

-Robert G. Taylor-