Archive for February 12th, 2009

In, not of, the World

February 12, 2009

Perhaps you have had someone scornfully ask you “What planet are you from?”. 

Hebrews 11:13 reads “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. ”

As Christians we recognize that we are passing through this life.  It is a pilgrimage, a journey; our true home is in heaven.  We are in this world, but not of this world.   

There are two dangers in this viewpoint.  The first danger is represented by the old saying “so heavenly minded, you’re no earthly good.”  We do live in this life, on this world, and it is important that we do the things that we are supposed to be doing.  We are not simply waiting for the bus to take us home, there is work to be done.  However, we are not to be so consumed with work, that we are out of balance.  Our lives in this world should be marked with a balance of work, recreation, rest, study, prayer, etc.

The second danger is that we may become so consumed with the affairs of this life that we forget our true home.  Our faith, although we may give it lip service, may be relegated to the very smallest corner of our lives, taken off of the shelf only in time of need, or on special occasions.

May God give us wisdom and strength to live in this world as we are supposed to live.  May our lives be lights that shine in the darkness, that people will see in our lives the difference that Christ makes in us.