Roman Empire was one of its kind; It was a place everyone wanted to be, the superpower of the day. However, the big empire did not last forever. It was replaced by Byzantine in 4th Century AD.
Now consider this:
Paul is arrested in Jerusalem by Roman law enforcers (Soldiers). The commander in charge (probably the OCPD of those days) tells Paul that he paid a high price to be a Roman citizen (Acts 22:28). On the other hand, Paul was born a Roman citizen; he did not pay for this.
Not only is Paul, a Roman citizen but of God’s kingdom too. He has dual citizenship; both freely acquired. If Paul were to be stripped off of his Roman citizenship, he would still have a place of refuge – The Kingdom of God.
The Roman soldier pays through the nose to become a Roman citizen. He does not know the citizenship he paid for is resting on shifting sand. He does not realise that there is another sort of changeless citizenship that is given freely. He spent his resources on non-important stuff at the expense of the critical one, which comes free of charge.
I guess the commander was boastful of his Roman citizenship. You cannot pay for something – through your nose – that you won’t pride yourself in.
Big Question: Are we spending our resources on items that are set on sinking sand?
Are we proud of expensive and yet less important things when there are free and essential things we are missing?
Are our priorities upside down like those of the decorated Roman commander?
What do we esteem most in life? What will remain of us, if it were to be taken away?
The Roman commander put Paul in chains thinking he wasn’t a Roman citizen. He regretted.
Are we treating important things with disdain?
You might be holding something vital in chains!