Just this last Wednesday, I became a U.S. citizen. As I stood to take an oath of allegiance to the United States with 13 others from different countries and ethnicities, I couldn't help but be reminded of the citizenship that we have in heaven. All of us come from different backgrounds, ethnicities, interests, and experiences, but one thing we do share in common is our faith in Jesus Christ. We all believe the Gospel to be true, and therefore, we belong to this kingdom of heaven and this family of God. We're all brothers and sisters in Christ.
1 John explains that part of being a citizen of heaven is to love each other like Jesus loved us. Jesus laid down his life for others and we are called to sacrifice our own desires for the needs of others. John 13:35 says, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” When we love each other in a radical way, we show Christ to the world.
It's easy to isolate ourselves. It's comfortable to stay home and watch Netflix instead of being in community. But the hard work of connecting with others will far outweigh the outcome of being in a loving community. Through deep relationships, we will grow in our walk with Christ and ultimately show the world that we are followers of Jesus, the ultimate expression of love.
Worship Pastor - Daniel Park