“These 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. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country” - Hebrews 11:13-14
Nothing could more demonstrate the belief of a future and permanent home in heaven than to live life in this world, preparing to dwell there. This is what the old patriarchs in the Bible did. They believed with all their heart, mind and soul in a thing they had never seen, but believed that it existed. So did many who came after them.
They regarded themselves as strangers and pilgrims who had no permanent home here in this world, and lived as such. Their eyes were always looking toward heaven, with hopes to someday dwell in the mansions there.
As believers in Christ, we too should live as pilgrims or strangers in this world, with the understanding that we are just passing through to get to our permanent home in heaven. It’s not about trying to get all we can get, or to please ourselves as much as we can. It’s about Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for us to have a home heaven, where we can dwell with Him and His Father in a place that is full of light and life, a place that will never deteriorate, a place that is forever.
Those who truly desire to make heaven their home will do all he or she can while they are here in this temporary place, making preparations to get to that place where our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ awaits for all of his true friends to join him forever.
While we may be rich or poor, or live in beautiful or less beautiful homes, we are all here, but for a moment.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.