26 Jan LIVING THE PILGRIM REALITY
1 Peter 2:11-12
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
The messages we hear from our pulpits today are meant to equip the believers to do all they can to have a happy, prosperous, successful life on earth here, which is evidenced by owning huge amounts of various categories of property. As a matter of fact, the Christian who is considered blessed by many, is the one who has a lot more property than everyone else; the more property you have, the more people respect you.
The more famous you are and the kind of name you have made for yourself determines how people respect you today. The reality that we are simply passing through this world to another has been shelved into the background. Because of this, many people use all kinds of means to attain that position; expecting the whole world to bow before them.
Jesus’ statement, “what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” is as real today as it was when He first spoke them. If the word of God is true, then all those who are living in error by pursuing materialism instead of godliness are walking contrary to God’s eternal word. The witnesses looking down from above were sawn asunder and slain with the sword for the faith they held and passed on to us. Some did not have the opportunity to own property to boast like we do today. What makes us think we are worthier than they? Their testimony is always before the heavenly Father. Where is yours?
1. It is time again to thank God for the provisions He has made for us to live a happy life in eternity with Him.
2. Ask for grace to still focus on heaven even as you also enjoy the great harvest God is bringing your way.
3. Father, please help me keep the balance between the temporary blessings of the earth and the eternal blessings of heaven.
I affirm my status as a pilgrim here on earth. I refuse to take my eyes off my final destination which is heaven. I reject all attempts by the enemy to deceive me with the temporary pleasures of sin. I focus on my assignment on earth. I walk in this life with a pilgrim mentality and declare that I will not be ashamed when I meet my Lord face to face in the name of Jesus.