Do You Have Your Green Card?

1 Peter 2:11-12  “Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”

Several years ago, Patti and I purchased a villa in Cozumel. I’ve always loved going there. Eventually we applied for the status of “Permanent Residentes.”  Although it’s not with all the rights of a citizen, it provided us with more legal rights and advantages than a temporary visitor.  It is actually a “green card.”


Many do not grasp the legal rights that we possess because of our citizenship. Even though I have permanent status in Mexico, it’s not comparable to the rights of a Mexican citizen.

The Apostle Paul took appropriate advantage of his Roman Citizenship to advance the safety of his life and ministry while on his missionary journeys.  Whenever I’m in Mexico, or any other country for that matter, I’m always aware that I’m a visitor. That I’m passing through on my way back home.

The Apostle Peter refers to believers as being temporary residents and foreigners.  He advises that we conduct ourselves carefully and properly for the sake of our unbelieving neighbors, and says that in so doing, we can bring them to a place that they become prepared for the day of judgement so that we can advance our neighbors to a saving knowledge of Christ.

Remember, here on earth, you really only have a green card. Your real citizenship is in another country. You are a citizen of Heaven.

Have a blessed weekend.

~Dean Burnetti


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