By Douglas M. Williams, Sr
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20)
By faith Abraham, “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God…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” (Hebrews 3:10, 13).
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).
This world in which we live in the flesh is not the Christian’s real home. We are just strangers and pilgrims passing through this world. It may be easy for us in America with all God’s blessings to forget that this earth is not our home. When we are fully convinced that our lives on earth are temporary; that heaven awaits those who faithfully serve the Lord; then we will put God first in our lives. (Matthew 6:33)
When we think on the wonders and glory of our beautiful mansion in heaven, compared to our home on earth, it should help us overcome the infatuation that we obviously have so many times with earthly possessions.
Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
“Seek those things which are above…set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).
To think on the words of songs like the following should certainly be helpful:
“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing thro’; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.”
“Earth holds no treasures but perish with using, However precious they be; yet there’s a country to which I am going: Heaven holds all to me.”
“Here we are but straying pilgrims; here our path is often dim; but to cheer us on our journey, still we sing this wayside hymn.”
“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, and cast a wishful eye, to Canaan’s fair and happy land, where my possessions lie.”
Now is the time to prepare for your real homecoming.