Not of This World - Sunday, September 24th 2017
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Whenever you think of an alien, you probably have images of little green men from Mars. While that concept is farfetched, the concept of being an alien is not. In 1 Peter 1, Peter describes the church at that time as "pilgrims". This could also be translated as "foreigners" or "aliens". The idea is that they are not of this world. In this statement, Peter is affirming an important Truth for all believers. This earth is not our home. When we believe in Jesus for salvation and are born again, we are born into a new nature. We begin thinking & acting differently. While our bodies may be here on earth, our thoughts are on Heaven where we will one day live. Even our bodies are referred to as "tents" because they are simply temporary dwelling places.
If we are of Heaven, how are we supposed to live in this world? The answer is that we live for God. We invest our time, energy, finances and anything else we have on earth into eternal things. God wants us to enjoy the blessings of this planet, but we should never hold on to them as if they are all we have. When Heaven is in our view, we can give our lives away without fear because we know that no matter what, Heaven waits for us on the other side.
Life Lesson: While Christians may live on earth, our home is in Heaven.
Thank You for the hope of Heaven and the promise of an eternity with You. Help me to remember Heaven is my home so that I can find peace even in difficult times. Lord, please use my time, money and other resources for the Kingdom of God. Today, I desire to live for eternity. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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