The Christian, according to the Apostle Paul, is to let his or her “moderation be known unto all men,” because “the Lord is at hand.” In light of the fact that “the Lord is at hand”—JESUS IS COMING—why should we get carried 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, lived in tents, never settling down in this world. As Hebrews 11:9-10 (ESV) teaches: “By faith [Abraham] went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”
Christians, like the Father of our Faith, Abraham, are also to see ourselves as mere pilgrims just passing through this world on our way to our eternal home in that “city…whose designer and builder is God.” As the Apostle Peter admonishes in 1 Peter 2:11 (TLB): “Dear brothers, you are only visitors here. Since your real home is in heaven, I beg you to keep away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against your very souls.”
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.