Leon became a citizen of the United Kingdom last year. It was something that took him almost 7 years to obtain. Asher was born a UK citizen because of our visa status. This year I find myself having lived in the UK for 3 years now.
Wow, how did it get to be 3 years already?
Some have asked me if I’ll become a citizen, too. I can apply to become a citizen now that I’ve been living here for 3 years. At this point, I’m not certain if I’d apply right now because it’s expensive, I’m married to a citizen, and as long as I’m living here I don’t have to worry about losing my visa.
In thinking about citizenship, I happened to be studying a passage in Ephesians last week about being alienated from God’s kingdom and then becoming citizens through the blood of Christ. Like not being a citizen of our host country, we are alienated from those around us because we don’t have the same privileges they have. Before Christ did His work on the cross, we didn’t know about God’s promises to His people or how He was working in the world. We were different from God’s chosen people, not having the same privileges they had under His covenants. We were lacking in hope without God.
But because of Christ, we have been brought near to Him! We have been made citizens of the household of God! That’s a citizenship worth celebrating.
Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. … So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:12-13, 19 (ESV)