Reflections from Teaching A Citizenship Class

I started teaching a U.S. Citizenship class a few weeks ago. My students come from various countries and hope to become U.S. Citizens. It intrigues me that I could go live in another country, say France for example, live there, learn the language and culture. maybe even take a citizenship test to become a citizen, but I would never really be considered French. Yet people come from other countries and become Americans, and many experience the “American Dream”.

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Whenever I go to a Citizenship ceremony, I am grateful for my friends becoming a citizen because I know what it means to them and for their lives such as being finished with immigration services, being able to register to vote, and being able to get a U.S. passport.

It also makes me think about something else. There is an eternal citizenship that is not based on knowing a language, a person’s ethnicity or race or any other consideration other than coming to know a person.

Philippians 3:20 says:

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”

When we come to know Jesus, we are automatically granted citizenship in heaven. It is one of the numerous blessings Jesus pours out on those who come to know him as their Savior. At that moment, even though we are still in this life, we become aliens or strangers in this world looking forward to realizing our eternal home as we see in Hebrews 11:

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

We also become representatives of our eternal home hoping to bring others with us as we see in 2 Corinthians 5:

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God”.

I am genuinely interested in seeing the lives of my refugee and immigrant friends improve here in America. I rejoice with them at important occasions such as when they become citizens. My hope is that by helping them achieve their dream, I also show the love of Jesus in the process and it leads to them receiving citizenship in heaven too.

Thank you for reading. God Bless. 🙂

23 thoughts on “Reflections from Teaching A Citizenship Class

  1. That’s interesting that if you became a citizen of France you would still never be considered French 🤔. I remember how excited my ex-manager in Michigan was when she received her American citizenship. She is from Albania. But like you say, our greatest citizenship is in heaven. I’m thankful you’re sharing Jesus with people from around the world. ✝️

  2. Thanks for assisting those reaching for the American Dream. A very worthy goal for all of us is to be an ambassador in Christ, sharing the good news.

  3. A graceful one you are doing bro. Keep it up.
    Truly, the most important citizenship is the heavenly one!.

    Pretty much didn’t know there was a “US citizenship class” 🙈
    Had to check google first. 🙈😁
    How does it work though?.

  4. As an immigrant, it has not been easy getting acclimated to this country. It certainly was a challenge for me. When I gave my heart to Christ, I realized that I also experienced similar challenges because I was wanting to fit in here, on earth more than I wanted to keep my eyes on my eternal home. Abraham had it right, he kept his eyes on a home not made with human hands. As I walked with Jesus over the years though, I became more eager and grateful that this earth isn’t my home and I’m a pilgrim. There’s no need for me to get “used” to life here, Beulah Land is in view 🙌🏽

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