26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.”27 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” 29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.
Paul says in in the book of Philippians that “our citizenship is in heaven,” but in reality we have dual citizenship –here on this earth and in heaven. Our citizenship here is temporary, but our heavenly citizenship is eternal. While we reside in this place we are really pilgrims and wanderers waiting for our return home. Until then, like Paul, we can take advantage of our citizenship for the sake of the gospel, for the sake of the glory of Christ. Don’t see that you’re a citizen of this country as a right, see it as a privilege, a gift, a blessing to be used for the Kingdom of God until such a time when you leave this earth and return to you home in heaven.