As I face trials in this life, I become increasingly homesick for my heavenly Home where I will worship the Lord forever. Forever means something else in the presence of God.
We live in a world where I am sure that we don’t comprehend eternity. To us. forever can mean until something better comes along. And this is not what our great God has in mind for His people.
In Scripture, we are reminded to live as foreigners.
“Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls
1 Peter 2:11 NLT).”
Not only are we to live as foreigners of this world, instead of citizens, but we also need to consider the quality of our life with Christ. The number one reason for living as foreigners is so that we may live as citizens of heaven and enjoy its many benefits!
“Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God’s [own] household (Ephesians 2:19 AMPC).”
“For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ… They brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior (Philippians 3:18-20 NLT).”
Remember when I said there needs to be a noticeable difference between how we love the Lord God and how we love (or interact) with the world around us? In 1 John, we are reminded of how to treat the world we live in. We need to keep Christ first, because He is the most important “thing” in our lives.
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever (1 John 2:15-17).”
Oh friend, this world is fading away. I don’t know about you, but I want to chase after the One who can fill every single bit of my cravings. This can be found in only one place. In the arms of our Savior and King Jesus Christ.
What are we doing wasting all of our time, energy, relationships, and money on things that can never truly satisfy? The answers is found in Christ alone!
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink… Listen to me, and you will eat what is good… Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David (Isaiah 55:1-3).”