When I became a U.S. citizen almost 35 years ago, I received a new passport. My passport is a form of identity listing all of my physical characteristics and affirmation by the U.S. government that I am a full-fledged citizen.
The new passport didn’t change my name, ethnicity, or cultural background. What did change is that I now travel around the world and identify as a U.S. citizen. I’m a citizen with the same rights as any other citizen, whether born in the U.S. or naturalized.
Many of us live our lives, thinking we’re still citizens of this world, living by this world’s rule. We get caught up with the distractions and insignificant issues of the world and lost sight of our real home.
We forget we are citizens of God’s kingdom. If you think about it, as reborn Christians, we’re all aliens in a foreign land. We’re just here visiting. The world we inhabit is not our final place!
When our time on earth completed, we’ll get an exit stamp on our “Kingdom of God” passport and head home. It’s time we started to identify and live out our true citizenship, complete with all the rights, privileges, power, and access afforded us by our heavenly Father.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com