E-votional   True Citizenship
February 7, 2001
Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come to see you or am absent and hear you, I know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with on mind for the faith of the Gospel." 

-- Philippians 1:27
A long time ago, my Poppy taught me that a man's name and a man's word are all you truly possess.  In a nutshell, it is your life.  When your name is brought up, so are the thoughts and references regarding who you are and what you are about.  It does not take much to tear your own name down, but it takes a lot of word, and time to build it back up.
Hear the Good News, The One Who knows your name and your word reaches out to you daily.  God does work in our life so that not only are we able to be faithful to Him, but that we also do desire to be faithful to Him.  Paul, in his letter, calls the Philippians to "live their life . . .," also translated as "live as citizens . . .," of the gospel.  If we are citizens of the Gospel of Christ, then that which we do should be faithful to the Gospel, shouldn't it?  What is it that you are a "citizen" of?
Lord, You touch me daily as I come to speak to You and I come listening.  Fill my heart this day with Your Word, Your Grace, Your Love.  Thank You for filling my life with the presence of Your Holy Spirit, allowing me to live life as a citizen of the Gospel.  Though I may not be the best citizen, I pray that Grace will move me closer and closer to being the person You have indeed called me to be.  Further, let me introduce the citizenship You offer to others, so we all might have joyous company here on Earth, as it is in HeavenThank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.