Visitors Don’t Stay Forever

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I Peter 2:11 & 12; Dear friends, you are like visitors and strangers in this world. So I beg you to keep your lives free from the evil things you want to do, those desires that fight against your true selves.  People who don’t believe are living all around you. They may say that you are doing wrong. So live such good lives that they will see the good you do, and they will give glory to God on the day he comes.

If you’ve ever had house guests, you’ll understand that although you love having them for a visit, you also look forward to the return of ‘normal’ when they move on. Living in Florida has taught us that, for sure. We love guests to come, but we’re equally glad when they walk back out the front door. The older I get and the fact I still work full time, the more I appreciate having a refuge to return to after a long day at the office. You can’t do that when you have guests. After work, you have to entertain, plan and fix meals, take them to see the sights, etc.

As I read this, I began to think of the many Christians who’ve forgotten this verse; that we are indeed only visitors and strangers here. So many have not just unpacked, but hung pictures and made themselves at home in this world. Remember the old saying, ‘Home is where the heart is?’ Perhaps the reason they’ve unpacked is because their heart’s just not in the Kingdom anymore.

Don’t ever get comfortable in a place you don’t belong. Don’t adopt their customs, their beliefs, their ideals, don’t fall in love with their money, their things, remember, they are only temporary. You have been commissioned to spread the word that Jesus saves, heals and delivers. You are to show a better way, to make disciples, to speak into others, encouraging them on their journey. This is only a stopping off point on a long journey toward heaven.

Thank You Lord that this world is not my home, I’m just passing through. You are constantly reminding me how temporary my life on earth is, always leading me on, showing me this is a journey towards you. I will not stay where I am and be content with what I have, this is only temporary, You have so much more in store for me. Everyday, I will sit with You getting instructions for this day, knowing that tomorrow is a new day, full of surprises, hope and a future with You. I thank You for Your steadfast love and protection on this trip You’ve planned. I commit my ways to You in Jesus’ name, Amen

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