You know, we’re only just passing thru…
and as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in worldly affairs, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. 2 Tim 2:4
My brother-in-law, Matthew, was an MP in the Army stationed in England for many years. I asked him once, while trying to make a point, if he bought a home there or voted in the local elections. Did he seek to hold a political office or any civic position. All these questions were met with a resounding “No”! and a curious stare. That’s because he was an American citizen not a member of the United Kingdom and therefor not able to participate in any of the elections. As a matter of fact he didn’t even concern himself with the affairs of the government around him. He simply did as he was told to by those in authority over him.
You probably already know where I’m going with this but here goes anyway.
This world that we live is is no more our home than the UK was to Matthew. Sure we live here and work here and were born here and will most likely die here but this is not our home. After all this is not our point of origin and it will not be our final destination. We truly are just passing thru. Jesus told us that we, who believe, will live even if we die. Just like walking through your own front door we will pass from this sin-filled cursed world into an eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No, this world is not our home by a long shot. When you compare the 70, 80, 90 or even 100 years we walk around here to a never-ending eternity that awaits us, this life is like a blink of an eye.
So, what am I saying? Should we not get involved here? Should we not try to have a positive impact while walking this earth? Should we just do whatever we like regardless of laws or rules? Well, no, of course not. As a matter of fact the Word of God calls us to be good stewards of the things we have around us and to obey those in authority over us. Furthermore we are called to be light and salt and a city on a hill – setting an example of the goodness of God within us. We are called to be good to our spouses and children. Fair and upright in our business practices especially how we treat those in our employ or under us. he list goes on and on.
Truly the list of responsibilities for Christians while on this earth are long and worth reviewing from time to time. Conversely, Jesus told us that the world hates Him because He was not of this world and that if we are His the world will hate us too. Further we are called to not love this world. So I am not advocating anarchy or revolt just perspective. Just like a tenant who is renting an apartment has legal right to occupy that space that tenancy doesn’t give them the right to destroy it. Yet, you wouldn’t be likely to under take major remodeling of a place you did not own.
We should look at this world and all that we may have in it as a tenancy. It’s our to use with responsibility and care but hold on loosely because one day, perhaps soon, it will all be gone.
One day it will all be left behind as we effortlessly step across that threshold into a brand new world of wonder for all eternity.
It is then, that we will be able to say, with joy in our hearts –
Home at last!
Home at last
Thank You Jesus!
I am Home at Last