The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I am,” he answered. Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied. -Acts 22:27-28
Privilege comes with citizenship. There are rights and benefits as well as duties and responsibilities, but to belong is an honor. In Rome, one could buy acceptance, though the price was dear. As Christians, we are born citizens of God’s eternal Kingdom and will reap all the good things that come with that honor and must bear the duties of its obligation. Our acceptance cost us nothing, though the price of our admittance was extravagant. We were all once foreigners, God’s love makes us natives and inhabitants of His forever home.