We are all a bunch of aliens

If you look around at all the ways we attempt to “pretty-up” our world, you’d think we must actually have some control over this world. Our vain attempts to make this life more “live-able” can consume us. We are accustomed to being able to fix or replace just about anything….from bodies, to cars, homes, even children…we think it is up to us to always improve – striving for that desired perfection. We can wrap it up and fix it up, but the core of who we are doesn’t change. We are still sinners, in desperate need of a Savior!

Sadly, it can even be that way with churches. Bigger, better, more programs, more doing, more going, more building, more expanding, going wider, without necessarily going deeper. We’ve been guilty of going deeper in a way that revolves around self…planting our tent stakes in deeply – being concerned with what we want, where we want to go, how we want to look, or at least be perceived by everyone else…without considering the fact that this world is not our home. It is temporary. It is a blip on a very, very long time line.

We can spend all our time, all our life even, making life pretty, comfy and easy around us, but in the end, it won’t really matter. I’m not talking necessarily about our homes – there is value to making our living space comfy and inviting. Most of us would agree that we want a place to land and safe place to dwell. It’s an important element in the stability of a healthy family. However, when being pretty, when making it all look good is our motive…well, that’s a “pretty” shallow heart.

So what if we were to drive down, deeply into fertile soil, stakes that held eternal value: relationships, discipleship, intimacy with God? Perhaps “pretty” would take on a whole¬† new meaning, perhaps even become beautiful and glorious as minds and hearts were centered on an eternal perspective rather than an temporal one.

Any and everything you currently face – struggles in money, marriage, relationships, job, health, children, depression, loss of dreams -everything will one day pass away. That one day isn’t really so far off! Though hours may drag on at times…life is extremely short. You aren’t meant to dwell on this earth forever. You are meant for heaven. There is a reason why in Scripture, God calls us aliens upon this earth.

Set your heart, your mind, your perspective on the eternal picture¬† – you’ll discover it seems to be a little more do-able – when you know it’s only for a little while.

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. I Peter 2:11

 

 

 

 

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May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!