Acts 22:28 (ESV) The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.”
Forgive my use of scripture out of context but this verse speaks to me about how we become Kingdom dwellers.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
We are born again into this Kingdom life, yet a very large price was paid for us in order to claim this citizenship. We tend to forget that at times.
Now that we are citizen of this new Kingdom and begin this transitional period of adjusting to a new life, what do we do first?
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We need to change the way we think.
Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
Transitioning from any form of government into a Principality requires us to accept His rule and right to reign over us. That is a very difficult adjustment. All we have ever known and heard about living under kings is undesirable but those were men, this One is God. That takes a new way of thinking.
If you moved to a foreign country what is the first thing you might want to learn?
The laws? The language? The customs?
My guess is that the first thing most of us think about is finding good restaurants.
Think about that for a second.