Home Sweet Home
With the week almost behind us, we've been reminded once again of the unavoidable consequences of sin. It's been a terrible week, from many angles. But we see this every week, not just this one, and we continue to spread the message that Christ is the answer for what ails our world. We pray that message of hope makes it through to the hearts of mankind who do not know God.
Scripture is very clear about how our world will behave, and how we are to behave as children of God. Peace is never promised to the law breakers, the murderers, the unrighteous. Peace is promised to those obedient to the Faith. We aren't promised a problem free life, but we are promised peace in Christ.
As you witness what all is going on in our world, the lying, the cheating, violence, murder, name calling, turmoil, and everything else under the sun, recommit yourself to Christ and His righteous ways. Remember, Christ spoke to the Father about us, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of it." (John 17:16). We must live here a short time, but “this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come." (Heb 13:14). We consider ourselves citizens of these United States of America, but let us be careful in that, because the kingdom we live in is not of this world, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil 3:20), that same Jesus who said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36).
So as this world continues to reap what it sows, let us rest assured in the words of Christ to His disciples, "My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3) One day we will rest, in total blissful peace, unaffected by sin. Until then, we persevere here in the midst of worldly conflict, with full assurances of what God has prepared for us, and our assurance is secured through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.