Citizenship is Unmeasured Generosity

What does it look like for me to be a citizen today? Here are my thoughts....

I am a Christian. Therefore I am a citizen of The Kingdom of God. This citizenship is vastly different from being a citizen of the UK. I am not simply another piece of a puzzle, which when complete, depicts a desperate search to find meaning in the meaningless. Instead, I have a purpose which overrides my circumstances and supersedes self interest. I am here to share the completeness I have found in Christ through loving people.

This is not easy for me!

Primarily, my citizenship is a battle against a fear of revealing and expressing my true identity to those around me. Fear pushes me away from the unknown and difficult situations - towards the known and being comfortable. A fearful me labels myself as a colleague, friend, brother or a son, but I am a citizen of God before all of these. I may end up being a 'nice colleague', a 'fun friend' and a 'loyal brother and son' but I have missed the point and self interest will suffocate God's will. If I am to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as a citizen of God I must apply my earthly roles through my heavenly citizenship.

Rejection of fear and therefore acceptance of citizenship is a daily challenge for me. It happens when God is my best friend that day and we're talking. It's then when I look beyond the stuff 'I need to do' and beyond my own desires – and seek his. What does it look like for me to be a citizen today?

1) I stop splitting my time into neat compartments and rigidly sticking to tasks which I need to or want to do. Citizenship is flexibility, spontaneity and availability.

2) I ask my friends questions which push a conversation in a spiritual direction. Citizenship is boldness.

3) I stop checking my bank balance every day. Citizenship is unmeasured generosity.

4) I stop making my house my castle. Citizenship is an open door.

This is what it looks like for me to be a citizen today. It’s messy and uncomfortable, but it’s better than looking for meaning in the meaningless.


My bio:
James is 28 and born and bred in East London. He is part of the Awaken community in London. He has a job and has hobbies – they just aren’t that important.