Pilgrims on a Journey

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“We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” —1 Chronicles 29:15, NLT

I checked my email and received a message with a “danger” warning over it and a stop sign that said that the sender was not recognized. I immediately heeded the warning and deleted the email. Only a few seconds later, God reminded me of a spiritual parallel.

God warns us in His Word against living a life filled with sin.

The Bible clearly tells us that denying Jesus and living in sin will lead to eternal separation from our Father in heaven. But do we take this warning seriously and act on it immediately? Life on earth is filled with distractions that can easily lead us away from the One who wants to give us eternal life. The devil works hard to make us think only about the things happening here on earth—and not the promises of God. The eternal life He offers is free from the pain of this world. It’s easy to become too invested in this life, trying to create solutions for every problem. Fighting for what is right is good if you’re being led by God, but becoming consumed with correcting every wrong is not good. When the worries of the world overwhelm me, I forget that this is not my home. Then God reminds me that heaven is home and the pain of this planet is temporary. He reminds me of my Savior, Jesus, and He urges me to tell people about Him and focus on what truly matters. Older church folk often say of others, “They are too heavenly-minded to be of any earthly good.” They mean that some people are so focused on their future in heaven that they neglect their duties here on earth and become extreme in their thoughts and actions.

That’s unhealthy. God wants us to be of earthly good and help our brothers and sisters in Christ, but He doesn’t want us to become too consumed with woes, pain, disasters, and dreams that we forget we are not home yet.

The Bible says that we are pilgrims on a journey to our home in heaven.

Let us remember this, embrace it, and live for Jesus Christ every day.

Alexis A. Goring

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