Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 3 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 22-24
Food for Thought: Is. 24
What a difference your citizenship makes! Isaiah 24 gives a glimpse of how it will eventually end for the people of the world and the world’s system. All their confidence in the things of the earth and in their own strength will come to not. But thankfully, the Lord offers us a better citizenship! We do not have to be citizens of the world!
The apostle Paul contrasts the worldly citizens and their end to those belonging to the Kingdom of God. He says in Philippians 3:18-20, “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“The Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17).” It’s a much better place to dwell, and it is made available to anyone who would receive Jesus as their King. To those of us who have received Him owe our allegiance to Him, the apostle Paul affirms that He has “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Col. 1:13).” And in Ephesians 2:19 he adds, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.”
Referring to His followers, Jesus prays in John 17:14-18, “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” We are temporary residents, not citizens, of this world, and the Lord will recall us to Himself before the cataclysmic destruction as described by Isaiah (and Rev. 18) occurs. Gratefully, those of us who belong to the Kingdom of God are in a very good, safe place, all the while warning and pleading with the citizens of the world to change their citizenship before it is too late.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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