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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:
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)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).
"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)
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.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.
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)
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):
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