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Foreigners and Nomads Here On Earth
12 March 2013
 
 
Although this article can be read on its own, it is also the seventh in a series of articles. You might like to read the previous six first, in order to understand the context that the following thoughts were written in: In my last article — The Fear of Man Is a Snare — I talked about living our lives in such a way that we are concerned about what God thinks of us and pleasing Him rather than what other people think of us and pleasing them. But once we decide to abandon the fear of man and being a man-pleaser, and to live for God alone, are we ready for the consequences? How were Yeshua (Jesus) and His disciples treated under similar circumstances? While on this Earth, Yeshua had warned us that His followers would be accused of the same things He was:
  • "Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the Master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of My household will be called by even worse names!" (Matthew 10:25)
  • "If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? 'A servant is not greater than the master.' Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of Me, for they have rejected the One who sent me." (John 15:18-21)
And Peter, one of Yeshua's disciples, puts it this way:
You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy — their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. (1 Peter 4:3-4)
Almost two years ago I wrote in Eighteen Months Later:
I'm sure that my decision to follow Yeshua completely, no matter what, would seem like foolishness to many. The scoffers would ask, "How can a season of purposeful unemployment be 'from God'? Isn't it rather simply indulging in laziness and self-delusion? The Apostle Paul wrote:
"What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments." (1 Corinthians 2:12-15)
 
"Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are." (1 Corinthians 1:20a,25,27,28)
 
"Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world's standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, 'He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.' And again, 'The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise; He knows they are worthless.'" (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)
God's wisdom and man's wisdom are two totally different things. As for me, I'm going to live by what God thinks is right, not by what other people think is right, even if it makes me look like a fool in their eyes. Just like, in the eyes of the world, Yeshua laying down His life and going to the cross seems like the ultimate foolishness. Again, Paul wrote that "The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing" (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Once we decide to live whole-heartedly for Yeshua and His standards rather than the world's standards, we no longer belong to this world system and its values. We become foreigners and nomads on this Earth, because our true citizenship is in Heaven.
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith — for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

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 11:8-10,13b-16)
This is what my former ElijahList colleague Kevin Kleint was writing about in his recent article, Embrace Your Discontent — This World is Not Your Home, which I encourage you to read.

For the next article in this series, I'm going to explore the dangers of bad thought patterns, and the power of Taking Every Thought Captive.
This article is 15th a series of articles on this Web site related to My Journey with Yeshua (Jesus) which also includes (scroll to see the entire list):
1.
7  Jan  2010
2.
1  Aug  2010
3.
28  Sep  2010
4.
7  Oct  2010
5.
27  Oct  2010
6.
20  Dec  2010
7.
27  Jun  2011
8.
20  Dec  2012
9.
17  Feb  2013
10.
7  Mar  2013
11.
8  Mar  2013
12.
9  Mar  2013
13.
10  Mar  2013
14.
11  Mar  2013
15.
Foreigners and Nomads Here On Earth
12  Mar  2013
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13  Mar  2013
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14  Mar  2013
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15  Mar  2013
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28  Apr  2013
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8  Jul  2013
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14  Jul  2013
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11  Aug  2013
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24  Oct  2013
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18  Nov  2013
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20  Dec  2013
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28  Jan  2014
27.
4  Sep  2014
28.
16  Jan  2015
29.
23  May  2015
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