CITIZENS OF GOD’S KINGDOM: PRIVILEGES & DUTIES IN THE KINGDOM

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How often do we truly recognize that we are believers of Christ and own it unashamed? Do we understand that being believers of Christ, we are citizens of the kingdom of God?

 

Have you ever paused to consider the immense privilege and profound responsibility that being citizens of God’s Kingdom comes with? As believers in Christ, we are not merely individuals; we are part of a divine kingdom with a King who reigns supreme over all creation.

 

Sometimes we overlook the profound significance of our identity as believers of Christ. How majestic and impactful we can be and the responsibilities that come with it all.

 

Join me in uncovering the profound blessings and responsibilities as citizens of God’s kingdom, CGKs.


Who Is A Citizen of God’s Kingdom (CGK)?

 

The moment we are adopted into God’s big family by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we gain access to the rights of God’s Kingdom. More so, we have access to knowing the identity that mankind truly holds.

 

Walking in Divine Destiny

 

While God desires all to thrive, not everyone embraces Christ as their path to fulfillment. Therefore, not everyone gets to live the life God initially intended for them. Now we believers get the opportunity to see what has already been written come to life.

 

As citizens of God’s kingdom, here are two scriptures, we are to see come to life;

 

“God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.”-Genesis 1:28

 

‘ Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”’-Mark 16:15

 

Consider the lives of biblical characters like Noah and Abraham, and others, how the Lord blesses them and says they are to be fruitful. This indicates that God desires His people to show fruitfulness here on earth.

 

Everything we do should grow and increase, we should not be comfortable living just any sort of life. Take a moment to reflect: Am I living in alignment with God’s purpose for my life? Am I fulfilling what He expects of me?

 

Furthermore, Jesus instructs us to ensure that we preach the gospel to all who have ears. Although we belong to God’s kingdom, we must not forget that the Lord wants the lost souls to be saved.

 

Therefore, it must be something that each citizen of God’s kingdom should hold dear to heart. We understand how much it means to God, so we preoccupy ourselves with it.

 

Often, we fall into the world’s system and forget that although we are in the world we are not of it. This means that it should be deeply engraved within us who we belong to and we are to hold a great understanding of our identity.

 

If we fail to do so we will find that we proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Saviour but have nothing in our lives that can truly show that He is indeed. This brings us to ensure we live a life of purpose each day. Let’s explore the transformative power of purposeful living.

 

Discovering Your Divine Calling

 

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As we come to believe and comprehend that we are citizens of God’s kingdom through salvation, the first step to a life of purpose (Acts 16:31). It should be like a light bulb moment within our hearts and minds. What is my purpose here on earth?

 

Our existence is not accidental; the Lord skilfully formed us in our mother’s womb, knowing the greatness within us (Jeremiah 1:5). Therefore, we are to live life on earth fulfilling the purpose God has predestined for us.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”-Jeremiah 29:11

 

This verse serves as a reminder that there is no plan that we or anyone else can have for our lives that will be the truth and as wonderful as God intends. Hence, when having doubts and discouragement regarding our purpose, we should aim to reject it and replace it with God’s Word.

 

The Lifestyle Of Citizens Of The Kingdom

 

Purposeful living enriches our sense of identity. Fleshly desires and worldly distractions hinder us from fulfilling our purpose and understanding God’s will.

 

Furthermore, comprehending that purposeful living underscores the necessity of discipline. To successfully live out our God-given purpose, a disciplined life is essential to see such results.

 

This means we are ready to say goodbye to any mindsets and habits that God does not see fit for one belonging to His kingdom.

 

As we embrace our identity as citizens of God’s kingdom, let’s seize each day with purpose and determination. Remember, you were created with a unique calling and destiny. It’s time to live out that purpose with boldness and conviction!

 

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of living purpose, let’s delve into the defining characteristics of a CGK.

 

Character Of A CGK

 

As representatives of God’s kingdom, our aim should be to reflect Jesus through our lives, and one aspect is through our character. We, believers, must desire first to reflect Christ because we love Him genuinely, therefore we obey His commandments and follow His principles. Secondly, understanding the power that embodying His character holds.

 

By deciding to abide by God’s love, people will see a portion of who God is. If we can look at displaying God’s character as being important as sharing the gospel (evangelizing) we will have a larger impact on the world.

 

For, we will be viewed as people who speak of God’s word but fail to practice it. This is not to say that we can’t make mistakes and put aside that we are on a journey of perfection. However, it reminds us that there is still a standard that we have to aim to maintain. Jesus is the standard.

 

The Mindset of Kingdom Citizens

 

“ Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.” -Philippians 4:8

 

Consequently, we must redirect our thoughts towards godliness. For, when our minds are far from or inconsistent with dwelling on things that glorify God it will be difficult to know God’s will for us (Romans 12:2). This implies a lack of alignment with God’s mind and heart, which hinders our reflection of Him.

 

When we make the thoughts of God our own, behaving like Him begins to come naturally as we allow the Holy Spirit to take charge and not our flesh. The Holy Spirit guides us to reflect Christ and understand God’s intentions.

 

Reflecting the character of Christ isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it’s a journey worth embarking on. Let’s walk in humility and grace, knowing that through God’s strength, we can embody His character in our daily lives.

 

Characteristics CGKs Should Have

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This brings us to the fruit of the Holy Spirit that each citizen of the kingdom of God should aim to reflect;

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”-Galatians 5:22

Having received the Holy Spirit we should know that we can reflect each part of this fruit. This brings me to state that if we truly have the Spirit of God, we should be maturing more in these characteristics as believers. Therefore, this brings us to analyze our walk with Christ.

 

From the moment I gave my life to Christ, how consistently have I displayed the fruit of the Spirit? Let’s assess whether our actions align with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

“I say, then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”-Galatians 5:16-18

Our Responsibilities as CKGs

 

Furthermore, it’s crucial to understand that while the Holy Spirit produces fruit in us, we also have responsibilities to fulfill in reflecting that fruit.

 

A few examples of these responsibilities are found in the following scriptures;

 

Love:

 

Scripture emphasizes that our love for God is demonstrated through obedience to His commandments and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Galatians 5:13-14; Matthew 22:34-40). Additionally, 1 Corinthians 13 outlines attributes of God-like love, including patience, kindness, and forgiveness.

 

If we don’t actively practice patience towards ourselves, others, and God, we may miss the valuable opportunity to grow. In some way, we are failing to reflect God’s love.

 

Peace:

 

Despite God being the source of peace (Philippians 4:7), we are instructed to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18) and seek reconciliation with those who have wronged us (Matthew 5:23-24).

 

Joy:

 

Believers are called to trust in God, finding joy in His faithfulness and promises. Trusting in Him fosters gratitude and rejoicing. Our thankfulness and rejoicing should not be contingent on circumstances but on our trust in God’s goodness.

 

Furthermore, because we know and trust that He will accomplish all His promises and answer what we ask, we truly bask in His joy. Before our prayers have been answered and when they are.

 

A reminder to know that although we rejoice in all circumstances, there is another level of joy that we will enjoy when we see the fulfillment of what we ask of the Lord which of course must be aligned with His will for us.

 

Goodness:

 

In Romans, Paul teaches us to respond to evil with good, reflecting God’s goodness and grace.

 

Unity Among Citizens:

 

When we understand that we are part of God’s Kingdom and our roles, unity becomes essential to the Body of Christ. We cannot fight against Satan’s agenda when we are in confusion and against one another. What use are we in the agenda of God? In actuality, we are going against God.

 

Not realizing that we have taken the enemy’s side, for what he aims for is to destroy God’s plans. Therefore, we are to live in unity. We must pray for one another, empathize with fellow believers, and rejoice in their successes.

 

When we understand that this is the mentality of God, of His Kingdom, and we live by it we will notice how effective and efficient we become.

 

A great way to also think is; that God desires for souls to be saved not lost. Is my behavior in any way contributing to their salvation? When they look at me, would they be amazed by the beauty of being part of God’s Kingdom? Am I effectively and efficiently being who I am created to be?

 

When we analyze the life of Jesus, the Apostles, and the Old Church we find that one of the reasons they were very successful in what God called them to do was because they understood their responsibilities of needing to reflect the character of God and therefore put in the work.

 

Moreover, as CGKs we comprehend that beyond doing God’s work and exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit, if we do not move in God’s love it all becomes meaningless (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). In essence, reflecting the character of God and living in His love is foundational to our identity as citizens of His kingdom.

 

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The Manifold Wisdom

 

This brings us to the desire to have God’s wisdom. Living in a world where ignorance is ready to become home to many and evil lurks, we have to latch onto God’s wisdom so we don’t entertain foolishness. That we too may not be fools.

 

Wisdom safeguards our relationship with God and steers us clear of potential pitfalls. When we possess good judgment, we become sought-after sources of wise counsel for those in need. This presents opportunities to share God’s wisdom and guide others on His intended path.

 

The Authority We Hold As Citizens

 

“Now to which of the angels has he ever said:
Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool?

 

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?”-Hebrews 1:13-14

 

As citizens of the kingdom of God, we should know that God intends for us to have authority. Unless we know of the position, we hold spiritually and exercise it, we will live lives that fail to display this aspect that God intends His people to have and move in.

 

Furthermore, with all this in heart and mind, we understand that having such authority from God means that we have been given the right to command and make decisions in the different positions God has placed us in. Spiritually and physically.

 

The Power Citizens Hold

 

‘“Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”’ -John 14:12-14

 

Along with exercising our godly authority, we should move in power. Our time on earth should mirror the works of Jesus, aspiring to achieve even greater deeds, as He declared.
We should know that, as believers, we are to be vessels of God. People should be informed that God indeed does miracles, signs, and wonders. That He heals and delivers.

 

As much as God can do it, He also desires to use us to perform them through. Therefore, we should not be ashamed or afraid to move in the power that God wants us to.

 

Amidst life’s trials, we must fulfill our duty to wield the authority bestowed upon us by God. Remember, the physical realm is the result of the spiritual realm. If we prioritize spiritual alignment, the physical realm naturally aligns with God’s intentions.

 

Joshua knew spiritual alignment was crucial for the success of his leadership among the Israelites.

He understood that spiritual positioning required obedience to God’s Word and instructions through Moses for manifestation in the physical realm.

 

When studying Joshua’s life, we see that any time he or the Israelites did what God was not expecting of them, they could not testify of God’s wonders. Their enemies would have the upper hand.

 

Therefore, it’s crucial to maintain this perspective if we desire true success.

 

Jesus Our Standard

 

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“Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” -Hebrews 12:1-2

In light of this, let us always look to Christ as our ultimate standard. We are to make Him the center of everything. Acknowledging that no matter how much God blesses us, He will always remain the top priority in our lives.

 

As citizens, we must reflect humility.

 

Learning from the fall of Lucifer, and how his pride led to his downfall. Regardless of our achievements, they stem from the privilege of being children of God, not our ability. To fully experience God’s Kingdom requires emulating Jesus to unlock its abundant blessings and privileges in life.

 

Jesus’ intimacy with the Father allowed us to witness His greatness and miraculous works. He is who He is because He truly knows the ways of the Father.

 

Falling short of this standard could hinder us from achieving remarkable results.

 

The deeper your relationship is with God, the more access you have to a higher spiritual dimension. This means the more access you have, the greater the dimensions of authority, power, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, etc.

 

May The King Jesus Be Our King

 

In conclusion, as citizens of the kingdom of God, we carry a profound responsibility and privilege. Our identity in Christ shapes our purpose, character, and engagement with the world. It’s not merely a label we wear but a transformative reality that should permeate every aspect of our lives.

 

Let’s keep in mind that Jesus Christ is our ultimate standard. When we focus on Him, we can navigate life’s complexities with humility, wisdom, and love. We must reflect His character and walk boldly in the authority and power He has entrusted us with.

 

As we journey, let’s sincerely embrace our identity as citizens of God’s kingdom with conviction. Let our lives be a testament to Christ’s transformative power. As we seek to align ourselves with His will, we find our true purpose and fulfillment in Him. Let’s reflect His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

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