In the world but not of it

March 26, 2010

A better place…

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They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13b-16

There is a point in life when most people reflect on where they are, how they got there and the events that transpired along the way. For many there is a stark realization that with all the world has to offer there are still voids and dissatisfactions that exist.

We’ve all had the relationships that didn’t work out, the promise of that job that eventually faded; the new home we longed for that over time lost its luster and so on…

In general we keep moving forward. The world promotes the concept of “moving forward” in the products they market, in the innovations they showcase and they try to instill hope in people but the truth is it is all artificial hope. Everything the world offers comes with an expiration date.

As believers, we believe there is a better place. It is easy to get caught up in the things of life. We can lose focus for a time and run the rat race but when that day of reflection comes then we see any progress was really no progress at all unless it was done for Him.

We have a home waiting in a place that God has prepared for us. We need to do our work with joy and diligence. We need to be available so that the Lord can use us wherever and whenever it suits Him and we need to enjoy His presence and cultivate that deep relationship with Him…but we need to remember that in and through it all, this world will never satisfy.

The job will never pay enough. Your current possessions will never stay looking new nor will they provide the same level of satisfaction they did when you first acquired them. The relationships will always take work. Everything always expires, except Christ, except the place He has prepared for us.

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