STRANGER AND SOJOURNER, OR RESIDENT?
The Word of God tells us that Abraham referred to himself as a “stranger and sojourner,” as he sought a burial place for Sarah, his wife (Genesis 23:4).
King David, beloved of God, referred to himself (and his fathers) as a “stranger and sojourner” (Psalms 39:12).
The Apostle Paul referred to those who “died in faith” as “strangers and pilgrims” on the earth (Hebrews 11:13).
Are we gaining a sense that “strangers and sojourners” on the earth are holy people?
The Apostle Peter said,
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” 1 Peter 2:11.
More than at any other time in recent history, we live in perilous times and, frankly, there are a lot of evil people in the world today. If you aren’t certain of that, simply bring up DrudgeReport.com, the most popular news source in America, for a few days and you will know what I’m talking about.
Jesus said that as we draw nearer to His return, iniquity would abound and the love of many would turn cold (Matthew 24:12).
People in the world today lie profusely, they are proud, they curse and blaspheme, have no regard for God, or His commandments; they are competitive (which can be a good thing, if one isn’t looking to devour the competition) and society is rife with murder and fornication at every turn.
As time advances, the atmosphere in the world changes and it becomes an increasingly more dangerous place in which to live. There was a time, about a-half century ago, when people could gather together for a common cause and work to improve the community. Today, we have to be extremely cautious with whom we gather together and the fewer people in attendance, the safer the environment will be. We are in a sad situation, on one hand…
On the other hand, it is a time of great expectation for God’s people.
As Jesus described the time of the end, He said,
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near” Luke 21:28.
He also said,
“Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He comes, shall find watching; truly I say unto you that He shall gird Himself and make them to sit down to meat and will come forth and serve them” Luke 12:37.
The stranger and sojourner on this earth is the Lord’s servant and that man has a constant understanding of the Lord’s imminent return at all times; the sense of it never leaves him, for he is looking for that city not made with hands, but by the spoken Word of God:
“By faith, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise, for he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” Hebrews 11:8-10.
Abraham’s life signifies a Christian living in the world today; we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
“But now they (the saints) desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one; therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city” Hebrews 11:16.
“Whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” Mark 8:35.
In other words, if we seek to please ourselves in this life, seeking to gain what the world has to offer, that being our focus, we will lose our lives to eternal damnation. Moreover, if we give up our own desires to seek the will of God and surrender ourselves servants to obey the Lord in this life, regardless of where it leads us (walking by faith), we will save it – eternally in that heavenly city created by God for His faithful servants.
So, we must all ask ourselves this question: Am I a stranger and sojourner with the fellow saints, looking for that heavenly eternal city; or am I a resident of the world, seeking after worldly things and fulfilling the desires and lusts of the flesh, which lead to everlasting torment, separated from God?
Jesus also said,
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches and keeps his (righteous) garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame (sin)” Revelation 16:15.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth (Revelation 20:12-15)? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
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