Not Our Home

Not Our Home

Hebrews 11:13-16 NET “These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. 11:14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 11:15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 11:16 But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
This place is not our home. How many of us are convinced of that? When you’re going on a trip you pack your clothes and other items you need. But do you try to take everything you own with you? Of course not. That would be ridiculous. I believe our existence here on earth is similar. Why do I believe this? Because it is stated in God’s word that we like Jesus Christ are not from here:

John 8:23 KJV “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”

John 17:14-16 KJV “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. [15] I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. [16] THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD.”

Jeremiah 1:5 KJV “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Romans 8:29 NIV “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

1 John 4:6 NIV “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

1 John 4:7 KJV “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

Yes, God foreknew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb. And those of us who live a life of Love are born of God and know Him. (1 John 4:8) Just as Jesus is not from this evil world neither are we. Like Him we are passing through.

We need to imitate Jesus’ resolute determination while on earth. He was focussed on fulfilling His mission and going back home to be with the Father. He didn’t let sight seeing down here get the better of Him. Our enemy Satan hopes we get distracted here. He wants us to miss out on what he will never have; heaven, living eternally in the presence of the Lord. He knows how real heaven is. Hence he tries to make living on earth look like the best thing ever. He’s convinced some to even believe that heaven doesn’t exist, and that there is no hell. This life is all there is he tells them. Live it up while you can. Or he sells them some other fake afterlife dream.

FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T BELONG?

1 Peter 2:11 KJV “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

How liberating and exciting it can be when one learns he/she is a pilgrim here; a sojourner. When one finds out their true self exists is in Christ it can be a bit overwhelming. The Bible says our lives are hidden in Christ. (Colossians 3:3) Truly recognizing this can cause everything from feelings of joy to fear.

1 Peter 2:9 HCSB “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises, of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

I know some of us don’t think of ourselves as belonging to a special race, or see ourselves as part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, or even a special possession belonging to God. But that’s exactly what the Bible says we are. We who believe in Jesus Christ are not of this world. We’re literally from God. This is not our home. But we have work to do while we are here.

HE WILL DO IT

Have you ever asked yourself, “How am I gonna do that?” when it pertained to something God wanted you to do? You’re not alone. I remember when I first believed in the Lord and there was something He made known to me he wanted me to do. At first I was excited and honored that Almighty God chose me for such a task. Then I became afraid; thinking, “How am I gonna do that?” It worried me for some time. As the years rolled by I learned that you and I aren’t really doing anything. It is God who does it all through us. We just have to have a willing heart to be used by Him. We just have to be obedient. Then God will do the rest. We can’t do a single thing on our own when it comes to God. And it’s a good thing that we recognize this. But not so good if it drives us to morbid fear, and causes us to run away from what God is calling us to do. Instead of fearing failing God, or what we can and cannot do, lets take our eyes off of ourselves and put our focus and trust in our Almighty God, who wills in us to do and to act according to His good purpose:

Philippians 1:6 KJV “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 2:13 NIV “For IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Ephesians 2:10 AMP “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”

See? God planned (ordained) long ago to use us all in special ways. He even set the paths we would take in order to accomplish His will. It has nothing to do with our natural abilities, worldly education, social status, etcetera. But has everything to do with His love and good pleasure. Everything we have and are, even our purpose in life comes from God. So we shouldn’t fear being able to accomplish what God wants us to do. It pleased Him LONG AGO to choose us and use us. WOW! God WILL DO His good work through us all! We just have to stay focused on Him and His ALMIGHTY POWER, not on ourselves.

John 15:4-5 NIV “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. [5] “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, YOU WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; apart from me you can do nothing.”

It’s almost time to go home y’all. But til then we got work to do. I hope this has encouraged you, and to stay busy in the work of the Lord while we’re still here.

1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

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