To the church at Philadelphia:
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door, which no one can shut. I have done this despite your limited strength, yet you obeyed my word and have not denied my name…Because you have obeyed my instructions to endure and be patient, I will protect you from the time of trial which will come upon the whole earth and put everyone in it to the test. I will soon return. Hold tight to what you have so that no one can take away your victor’s wreath. Anyone who conquers through faithfulness, I will plant as a pillar in the temple of God and that person will never have to leave the presence of God. Revelation 8, 10-12
This passage is addressed to a faithful body of believers and I want it to be true for me! Faithfulness will conquer! This faithfulness involves being true to Jesus and His Kingdom, where my citizenship is housed. It is my belonging place. When all else crumbles, when the façade falls around me, I will be standing on the surety of God-in-me and the evidence of His Kingdom.
During my time on earth so far, the presence of Jesus’ Kingdom seems so clear and as I have entered into his realm (his way and his path), it’s amazing in what He has allowed me to participate. I didn’t always see it so clearly when I was younger and the world’s siren call still held some (false) truth, but now I see that my allegiance can only be to one Kingdom. Even the kingdom I built for myself, my small realm where I thought my will ruled, has now been subjected to the rule of the living Lord. His rule is so much better and better for me!
I am grateful for this citizenship which will carry me into eternity. No other passport exists for that trip other than that of the Kingdom of God.