Hebrews11:13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
We often tend to judge ourselves by what we have. Whether it be friends, aquaintances, or our possesions, we tend to measure our lives against what others have. Yet just like the patriarchs that Hebrews refers to, we to are just strangers and pilgrims on the earth.Job 14:1-2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Instead of obsessing about the things of this world, we need to remember that we are just passing through.
If you're a child of God this big hunk of dirt is not your home, no matter how cozy you make it. All the comforts of this world are fleeting, and possesions are pointless. Jesus tells us in a parable Luke 12:19-20 And I will say to my soul, Soul,thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? This man had a fine home set up, yet in an instant it was no longer his.
However, I am persuaded that I am but a stranger and a pilgrim on this earth. Yet I have hope, for one day my pilgrimage will be over and I will be home. John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. That is where my home is, and I'm one day closer.
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