‘…Live…as temporary residents on earth…’ 1 Peter 1:17 GWT
The fact that this world is not our ultimate home explains why we experience difficulty, disappointment and rejection. It also explains why some promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers unanswered, and some circumstances unfair. This life is not the end of the story! In order to keep us from becoming too attached to this world, God allows us to feel a certain amount of discontent-longings that will never be fulfilled this side of Heaven. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Indeed, we won’t be in Heaven two seconds before we’ll look around and say, ‘Why did I place such importance on earthly things?’ The truth is, at death you don’t leave home, you go home! Imagine being an ambassador in a hostile nation. You would have to learn its language and adapt to its customs. You couldn’t isolate yourself. To fulfil your mission you’d have to understand what’s going on and know how to relate to those around you. But what if you fell in love with that country, preferring it to your own? Your loyalty and commitment would be compromised. Instead of representing your country, you’d start acting like a traitor. The Bible says, ‘…We are Christ’s ambassadors…’ (2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT) So don’t get too attached to what’s around you, because it’s temporary. ‘Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.’ (1 Corinthians 7:31 NLT) So use it, maximise it to fulfil God’s purposes, but don’t fall in love with it!
SoulFood: Lev 15-17, Luke 21:8-11, Ps 25:8-15, Pr 10:1