What does it take to be considered a native of Fresno? For example, can I become a native of Fresno by being born in America? Can I be considered a native of Fresno by living and working in Fresno? How many years will it take? Is there something I have to become or do to be considered a Fresnan by the old-timers born and raised here? Can a mutt like me become a Bulldog (not thinking of the gang)? Will a Fresnan, whatever you call yourselves, ever accept me as one of you, or am I a foreigner forever, a new guy? I know the question, "Were you born here? Here is my answer, "No." "Then, you will never be a Fresnan, one of us. Now maybe your children, grandkids, or great-grandkids if they are born here they might be accepted as natives, but you mutt, never."
Then what about heaven? Can I ever become native in heaven since I can never be born there? This thought came to me while I was reading Psalm 87:6 this morning, "The Lord will write in the register of peoples (of Zion): 'This one was born in Zion.'" O to be born in Zion. Will I ever be a foreigner?
But wait a minute? If one must be born in the place to be considered nature. Then where is this Zion that the Psalmist speaks of? Where is the Kingdom of God? Listen, did not Jesus say while on earth, "The kingdom of God is here, among you, even within you?" If this is true and here, how do I become a native of it? Jesus says, "To all who receive Me, to all who believe in My name, I give the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." Praise the Lord. I am born of God, a native of heaven. On my birth certificate, it says, "This one was born in Zion."