I do not belong to this world and no, I am not a Martian!
1 Peter 2:11-12 (CEB) Dear friends, since you are immigrants and strangers in the world, I urge that you avoid worldly desires that wage war against your lives. 12 Live honorably among the unbelievers.
Do you have a nice home? Or do you at least have a home? Not everyone has a place they can call home. This weekend I was invited to preach at a church in the next city and at the end of the service, while I was greeting guests and praying for people, a lady who had sat in the front row approached my wife and they started to chat. My wife and daughter had noticed that this lady had tears streaming down her face the entire service. She shared afterwards how she was homeless and had nowhere to stay. Apparently her disability grant only kicked in the next day and so she faced another night on the street, fortunately her last night. But she was hungry and my wife and daughter took her to a nearby shop and bought her a warm meal and a coffee. She was immensely grateful.
It made me think about the home I have, which is warm, inviting and comfortable. But then this is just a building. Actually the Bible says we are not of this world. We are strangers in a foreign land. As Christians we are at odds with this world, because this world is ruled by Satan, who is the prince of the world. Man was given authority over everything in the earth, but when Adam fell he gave away that authority. But with the world currently under Satan’s rule, along with the sin, sickness and depravity, we know that we are passing through until we reach our real home which is with the Lord. Remember when Jesus told his disciples that he was going to die but that he was also going to prepare a place for his followers in heaven. He said I am going to my Father’s house to prepare mansions for you. How can some Christians think that all God wants for us in this world is poverty? It makes no sense. Jesus said he is going to prepare mansions! That is more in line with His thinking, because God gives the best of the best.
Some Christians say they are homesick and cannot wait for heaven. I understand the sentiment, because it will be wonderful to be with the Lord. But like Paul, we should say for me to live is Christ, but to die is gain. Jesus is the reason for living as strangers in this world. When we die, we have this hope that Jesus will take us to those mansions that he has prepared. Where is your eternal home?