Strangers and Sojourners

Ok, I realized it had been ten days since I last posted, so here’s one I have been mulling over for a while:

Last week, our pastor made the comment that we need to make sure we’re not so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good. While I agree wholeheartedly with that statement, I also believe that the opposite is more likely to happen. On a daily basis, I think we’re all more earthly minded than heavenly. I think the danger is this: we forget this is not all there is. We forget that we are “strangers and sojourners here.” This earthly existence is not all there is.

But do we live like that? Most days, I must confess, I don’t.

I read this quote the other day:

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accomodations here. These are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; God is the ocean.”-Jonathan Edwards

It’s a hard thing to be in this world, but not of it. Our culture immerses us in the “now”, whisking away all thoughts of the eternal. But this is not our home. We were created for more than this. We were created to live forever, and sin corrupted that ability. God, in His awesome mercy, has made a way, through Christ, for us to regain that life (John 3:16).

I feel like I’m rambling here. My thoughts are not coming together as I would like. I’m really just curious to see what everybody’s thoughts are on this. Do you feel as if you live with eternity in view?

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