The Christian, according to the Apostle Paul, is to let his or her â€œmoderationÂ be known unto all men,â€ because â€œthe Lord is at hand.â€ In light of the factÂ that â€œthe Lord is at handâ€â€”JESUS IS COMINGâ€”why should we get carriedÂ away with any of the temporal things of this world?
- How important will earthy possessions be, if Jesus should come today?
- How important will earthy pleasures be, if Jesus should come today?
- How important will earthy positions be, if Jesus should come today?
This world is passing away and we Christians are only passing through it!
Abraham, the Father of the Faith, as well as all the Jewish patriarchs, livedÂ in tents, never settling down in this world. As Hebrews 11:9-10 (ESV)Â teaches: â€œBy faith [Abraham] went to live in the land of promise, as in aÂ foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the sameÂ promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whoseÂ designer and builder is God.â€
Christians, like the Father of our Faith, Abraham, are also to see ourselvesÂ as mere pilgrims just passing through this world on our way to our eternalÂ home in that â€œcityâ€¦whose designer and builder is God.â€ As the ApostleÂ Peter admonishes in 1 Peter 2:11 (TLB): â€œDear brothers, you are onlyÂ visitors here. Since your real home is in heaven, I beg you to keep awayÂ from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fightÂ against your very souls.â€
I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won’t matter anymore.
I’m looking now, just across the river
To where my faith, shall end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.
Beulah Land I’m longing for you.
And some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land.