What is it that truly stirs your passions? Politics? Sports? Fashion? Maybe travel? Social Media has given us a glimpse into people’s true passions.
Go to someones feed and you will see conspiracy theories, political rants, taunting fans of rival teams, and trolling, lots of trolling. The mouth (facebook feed) speaks from the overflow of the heart. (Mt 12:34)
When I find my political passions running hotter than my Spiritual ones, I need to check myself. When I spend more time researching my teams chances for the week than I do studying Gods word, I have become distracted from my true task, my real purpose on this planet.
I was meant to be a radical, a spiritual revolutionary, ready to take a mission at a minutes notice, a member of a group of pilgrims (ekklesia) moving according to his purposes, but sometimes I debase myself. I make this place my home. I find my belonging and identity here on earth. If we are honest, we kind of like it here.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that WE DO NOT BELONG HERE!.
If we are comfortable in this world we have lost our focus. We were saved from a pointless existence to live life in abundance and we were given a mission to accomplish, we should live accordingly.
Living overseas has been tremendously helpful to my spiritual walk by helping me understand what it means to be a resident alien. First, you feel like a stranger everywhere you go. Your skin color, language and/or religious background cause you to be an outsider.
After living far from home for a significant time you realize that you can make small adaptations but you will never be like your hosts completely. You will forever be a stranger, a pilgrim, a foreigner. And that is okay.
Most of the time your hosts are fine with that. They know you are different and they accept that. It actually bothers us more than it bothers them because we like to be accepted by men, but we often don't value God's acceptance as highly.
Second, as an alien I am able to focus on the things that are most important without getting distracted by the things that others spend their passions on. I always stay out of the politics of my host country. I can’t vote or do anything about the process as an alien so it is better to stay neutral and just live out my faith in whatever political climate that God has ordained for that time. It just helps you keep things in perspective.
Third, it helps me to keep my eyes on eternal things, I think of my true home, my true family and I strive to fully live in that reality even here on earth.
You see, I am not a man without a country.
I am not just a resident Alien,
I am an emissary for the Kingdom of God.
I am building His kingdom,
I am expanding the reach of his reign wherever I go.
Because His kingdom is superimposed on the kingdoms of this world, it can exist in a communist country or a Democratic country, a Rich or poor nation.
My hosts CAN become a citizen of heaven, but they must first hear. I must be driven to that end. I must wake up every morning thinking of how I can, as a pilgrim, have a positive impact on the host country I live in and the people I encounter.
In Hebrews 11 after describing the most faithful of God’s people the writer says: “These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.
Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. But they now desire a better place — a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
So, lets stop living like we belong here and set our eyes on our eternal home and our eternal mission. Allow Jesus to steal your heart away from this world and give him all of your life. You will not regret it, I promise.