DayBreaks for 10/14/16 – It’s All About Exile
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
1 Chronicles 29:15 – We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
1 Peter 2:11-12 (NIV) – Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
From Doug Dalrymple, in his blog:
“In the 2nd century Christian apologetic, the Letter to Diognetus, we read:
“For Christians cannot be distinguished from the rest of the human race by country or language or customs. They do not live in cities of their own; they do not use a peculiar form of speech…
“Yet although they live in Greek and barbarian cities alike, as each man’s lot has been cast, and follow the customs of the country in clothing and food and other manners of daily living, at the same time they give proof of the remarkable and admittedly extraordinary constitution of their commonwealth. They live in their own countries, but only as aliens. They have a share in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign land is their fatherland, and yet for them every fatherland is a foreign land.
“To amend Khomiakov, if I may: Do not harness your heart, then, to anything but the Cross of Christ.
“Or, as we read in Hebrews: ‘Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.’ – Exile, my friends. It’s all about exile.”
Galen’s Thoughts: We should never get too comfortable in this “home” (or even too alarmed about current events) because that’s exactly what this world is NOT: home. Sure, we were born here, grew up here, and we will die here, but it is not home. Not for the Christian. It is nothing more, and nothing less, than enemy territory, a foreign land that we must traverse before we leave for Home.
Hebrews 11:8-10 (NIV) – By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
We need to be focused and looking for that same city, living as responsible citizens in the here and now and helping others look for that City, too.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, the allure of this world for us humans is overwhelming. We must accept the unseen by faith, while here we can see, taste, touch, smell and hear the sounds of life, or what passes for life in our experience. Help us to fix our eyes on our Father’s land. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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