Posts tagged ‘Hebrews’

January 30, 2011

Tangent from church.

The sermon today at church was so great. The pastor is doing a series called Motivation Killers: Why we wander. And today’s topic was When Fear Takes Over. From that sermon, the pastor presented us with what I think was a little nugget of gold!

He referenced Hebrews 11:13 – 16, which I have not read (or at least cannot recall reading) and took the time to look it up this afternoon. To save you from googling Hebrews or flipping pages, here is it:

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

The previous posts are accounts of different servants of God and how by their faith, they did great things by God. But what struck me about this verse was the idea that all these servants (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, etc) were “still living by faith when they died (vs 13)”  and they admitted “they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” (vs 13). It just really hit home the idea that when we are here on earth, that we are not of this world – we’re aliens. (We should let all the UFO experts let them know that it’s us that are trying to invade the earth!)

We’re foreign, and the passage goes on to say “People who say such things show they are looking for a country of their own.” (v 14) These servants of God had their eyes focused on heaven, not on earth and it’s reflected by their admittance that they were strangers on earth.  The entire time they were here they knew that this was not the “country” they wanted to be a part of. Enoch and Noah had their sights set on the eternal realm instead of the dusty ground in front of them.

“Instead they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one” (vs 16) Can anyone else relate to this feeling? I know I do. (Especially after reading some of Randy Alcorn’s works – he paints an amazing picture of what heaven could be like!)  I feel like this world is so temporary, and lately my thoughts of my material needs have become so insignificant. Like, do I really desperately need a new pair of jeans? Is my home really not nice enough? How badly do I need more cookie sheets? I’ve just been seeing things in such a different perspective, that this passage hit home for me. Yes – this world is temporary. And I am a stranger here – I want to be a stranger! I want to look around and think “This is not my home – mine is waiting for me with my heavenly father.”

What a thing to look forward to! I just can’t imagine not having something better than this lifetime to look forward to. If this life was all I was living for, I’m sure my depression would be more depressing! This life is great, but it is going to be a shadow in comparison to eternity with God.

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

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