People are diverse, unique, different. Take for example, where we live.
As we were driving on our vacation this summer, we went through the City of Chicago. The traffic going down the highways going into the city were crowded with trucks, cars, vans, busses. Not to mention the train that ran to various parts of the city with terminals in between the highway lanes.
Then, when the highway signs were somewhat out-of-the-way, the skyline came into view!
Thousands upon thousands of people live within the scope of that picture. They live in high-rise apartment buildings which have incredible views of the city beneath and Lake Michigan along the shoreline, some of the views going almost to the Wisconsin state line! However, some live in much less splendor, along the railroad tracks and in dilapidated buildings in the center of town. And of course, there are shops, businesses, banks and all sorts of eateries spread throughout the city.
This kind of congestion is not for everyone, however. One of the places we visited was Bar Nunn, Wyoming.
The campground was rustic and the people were super friendly. The view of the community from the campground was beautiful with its backdrop of mountain terrain.
The first night we were there, the clouds provided a beautiful ending to a glorious day.
In contrast to the “majesty” of Chicago, the little post office next to the campground in Bar Nunn provided a different perspective as it gave the whole community postal services, and we, as sojourners, appreciated its presence since we could purchase stamps and use the handy mailbox to send post cards to the family back home.
We all don’t live in the same type dwellings, in the same area of the country or in the same climate. But, almost all of us are often asked the same questions, no matter where we are: “Who are you, and where do you live?”
Our answer frequently is to respond with the name our parents provided to us and then to give our place of permanent residence. And these are appropriate responses as they give some fundamental information about us to the person we have just met. From there, we can continue the conversation and a friendship might result, or we can walk away after conducting the transaction with the individual without any further personal information being exchanged.
That is not the whole answer to those questions for the Christian.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“
Jesus clearly said that the one who believes in Him, through faith alone, will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Indeed, belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way that we can enter heaven and come to God. In fact, Jesus also tells us to put our treasure in heaven since there the treasure is secure for all eternity, rather than having it on earth where it can be easily destroyed. Read Matthew 6:19-20.
Paul said it this way:
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,”
In other words, the Christian has dual citizenship – we are citizens on this planet, living in the country, province or state, city or hamlet in which we reside. But we are also citizens of heaven where we will live eternally with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with all our brothers and sisters who have been adopted into the family of God through faith in Christ.
So, how do we answer the question propounded above … “where do you live?” We might want to go into an explanation of our dual citizenship, or we might just want to give our address and let our Christian walk do the rest of the talking for us. Either way, let the Lord guide you as you witness for Him in our world.
Father, forgive me when I have been too timid to express my conviction that Jesus Christ made it possible for me to be Your child. I cannot express my gratitude and thankfulness for such gracious mercy extended to me, an undeserving sinner who was saved by grace! May I always be ready to tell others of Your gift of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Help me, I pray.