Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 1 Peter 2:11
If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.
This world is NOT our home, we don’t belong here. We’re foreigners. The way the world works comes as a shock to us: the world’s way of speaking, their values, customs and expectations seem strange and out of balance to us.
Today we live in a culture filled with envy, hate and competition. We all struggle to be financially adept, we compete for money and position, and even family loses it’s value in the face of keeping a job. The woman not only raises children, but also works full time job and even two jobs at a time. If it’s not us who are suffering; somebody we know is sad, sick, fearful, paranoid, in disagreements with someone else or suffering in some other way. We suffer because this world is not what God had in mind, because our spirit yearns to have God in fullness.
Before Adam and Eve sin, they were happy, abundant, without some disease, and had the love of God in their lives.
After the fall of man:
- the man now toils for provision (work)
- the woman desires to be lord over the man
- the woman gives birth with pains and risks
- hate, evil, envy, sickness and death come into the world
God gave us His Holy Spirit, and fills our hearts with hope. He convinces us that one day we will be with Christ for eternity.
Don’t settle down here, and don’t get used to this world. Because Christ is coming for his church soon.
Father God, we give you thanks for allowing us to enjoy this world although it is not our home. I ask you to helps us all who are walking in your path to receive revelation that this world is not our home. I pray you give us the ability to discern when we are working in the flesh or walking in worldliness. And then the desire to realign our ways to what pleases you. In Jesus name, Amen.