“All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.” Hebrews 11:13
I am sure that we have all been in a place where we do not feel at home. In fact, many of those times we feel so out of place and cannot wait to get out of that place. This past summer my family visited New York City and did all the sightseeing highlights. It was an incredible experience, but I can tell you that the entire time I was there I did not feel at ease. More than that, I was so glad to get out of that place.
The culture in which we live can be very difficult. There is heartbreak and things we see on this earth that greatly disappoint us. I also know that we can spend all the money we want, and it will not create an experience that will satisfy us for long. I experienced this on my incredible vacation this past summer as we visited Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. We had a great time, but no lasting satisfaction was created by that trip. Why? Because none of this is what we as Christians were created for.
The Bible tells us as Christians, that we will feel that way about our experience here on earth at times. We should enjoy life and as Jesus said we should experience “abundant life” here on earth. However, this is not truly our home as followers of Christ. We are citizens of Heaven.
This echoes what author C.S. Lewis once said:
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” C. S. Lewis
Before you think I am saying that we should just lay down and wait for Heaven one day, that is not what I am saying. I do not want as the old saying goes, to “be so Heavenly minded that I am no earthly good.” I believe that we should recognize that we are not living for this world but instead recognize that we are living to advance the Kingdom of God on earth. Also, to recognize that this place is not our final destination. We are indeed strangers and nomads just passing through.
With that in mind, my prayer is that we would become laser beamed focused on making a difference in the lives of others while we are here as strangers and nomads. I want people to know that I love Jesus and I want them to see the difference He makes.
We tell our children, rightly so, to beware of strangers. I want to be a stranger and a nomad for Christ that leaves this place better than I found it, for His glory. I pray for those who may be reading this and may be a little discouraged by this world, that you will be reminded that we are “made for another world.”
I also pray that we all would begin to live in such a way that people would see that being a stranger is not always a bad thing!