The French railway system RER A granted a free 25-year-pass to one of its riders.
Why the generosity to this one passenger? It’s because he is, well, a “citizen of the railway.” That’s right. His mother gave birth to him on one of its passenger trains. In a true sense, his homeland is the train. In the French railway’s eyes He is “train-born,” a “First Class Citizen” of the railway. As such he is entitled to free rides for the next 25 years.
You know, believers in Jesus Christ are heaven-born. In fact, in those Bible verses which speak about being “born again,” are more accurately translated “born from above” (John 3:3, 7). It is 1 Peter 1:3, 23 that correctly translates to “born again.” The apostle John also speaks of believers as being “born of God” (John 1:12–13; 1 John 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18). Since believers are heaven-born their true citizenship and natural dwelling is heaven (Phil. 3:20–21). In heaven, everything is free to them. Heaven is their very inheritance (Matt. 25:34; Eph. 1:11, 14; Heb. 9:15; 1 Pet. 1:4; Rev. 21:7). They are not visitors or guests. They are heaven-born citizens.
But our sense of belonging runs much deeper than mere citizenship. Believers are born into the “household of God,” the very “Family of God” (Eph. 2:19). If I’m a guest in someone’s house I’m really not free to make myself at home. I cannot raid the refrigerator at night when I’m hungry. I can’t help myself to whatever’s in the cupboard. Nor can I march into the living room and turn on the TV. Therefore, I must guard myself and remain within the narrow parameters of a guest.
But as a “heaven-born” member of God’s family, heaven is your rightful place. It has been purposely created and prepared for you (Matt. 25:34). You belong to heaven and heaven belongs to you. In his hymn, My Shepherd Will Supply My Needs (based on the 23rd Psalm), Isaac Watts captured this idea by describing his status in heaven as, “no more a stranger, nor a guest, but like a child at home.”
Dear Father in heaven, to belong to Christ and to live with Him forever in heaven is all my heart’s desire. For His sake and for Heaven’s sake I renounce all other allegiances that conflict with Your divine call. Here and now I take my place as a child in the family of God and embrace it as my true and eternal identity. Race, color, ethnicity and gender are all lost in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Information from: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/06/18/Baby-born-on-French-train-receives-25-years-of-free-rides/8341529366270
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