All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5
When I grew up, elementary school teachers said the United States of America is the greatest country in the world and a land of opportunity. I was told that anyone with the grit and determination could improve their lives in America, that we were one nation, and that nation was under God. These days, some people still live that sentiment but as people shift their focus off God, they are strongly tempted to focus only on their temporal status, and it’s heartbreaking. I fear that someday that unity and hope for the future that I was taught, will be forgotten.
As Christian men, Micah reminds us that our primary allegiance is to God's eternal kingdom, a kingdom not confined by space or time. In Christ, we become part of a spiritual family, transcending any national identity or cultural affiliation. As citizens of God's kingdom, we are called to stand firm in our faith and trust in God. It’s a higher calling than mere national loyalty. Our commitment to God's principles should guide our conduct even when it’s not popular. We are called to exemplify love, compassion, and righteousness, and must seek to serve others selflessly, as Christ did. Our priorities should match God’s priorities: spreading the Gospel, caring for the marginalized, and pursuing justice and peace.
Moreover, we are called to pray for our nation and its leaders, that they will seek God's guidance and wisdom in governance. We must also pray for discernment to navigate turbulent times and avoid deception through faith. While we must be responsible citizens of this nation, our ultimate mission is to advance God's kingdom values and transform a world in turmoil.
Daily Battle Order:
Today, prioritize God's kingdom values over worldly pursuits. Anchored in your faith, exemplify love and righteousness and be a raging beacon of hope and light in a world facing uncertainty and darkness. Embrace your divine citizenship so you can make a lasting impact, not just in your nation but also in the eternal realm of God's Kingdom.