Citizenship can be summed up in one line: show respect for all people. The above Bible verse from the first book of Peter furthers explains how we should show respect. We must love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God and honour the king.
A good citizen helps to make things better by respecting the authorities, obeying the laws of the land, protecting the environment and being active in the community.
But who cares? What does citizenship have to do with me? God gives us gifts in the forms of blessings. Our purpose in life is to activate those gifts, those talents by using them in the service of others.
We should not keep our God given talents to ourselves. By using our talents for the good of others, we become good citizens of the world. Listen to the words of these famous good citizens:
We have opportunities to be good citizens every moment of our lives. The opportunities present themselves in the spaces of the world: the community, in our homes and right now in our personal spaces.
We are good citizens when we are attentive to the needs of others. We are good citizens when we are respectful and obedient. We are good citizens when we think kind thoughts, speak kind words and are kind to others.