Pilgrim’s Home

Hebrews 11:13   (KJV)   13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

We don’t forget: we are strangers and pilgrims here on the earth. We’ve received innumerable, unique, and wonderful blessings from our heavenly Father for being Hebrews 11.13 - Pilgrims' Homebelievers. But there are still unimaginably more and greater blessings awaiting us.

So if we’re not a part of the 1% of the richest and most famous? So what if we don’t live in mansions and palaces? There are those of us, like me, who don’t even own our homes; we’re “just” renters. These things don’t sadden us.

We’re just pilgrims passing through the here and now. Our eyes are set on the glorious place we can truly and gratefully (thanks to our Dad) call our own. We don’t get carried away trying to invest so much on earthly temporal treasures and possessions. We have absolutely glorious and blissful heavenly rooms or mansions and existence prepared personally by our precious Lord and Savior waiting for us. So we pass on, with no thought or desire of getting stuck to these earthly allurements. We “…press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14).

Arrows

Luke 2:49  (The Message)   “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?”

Even at a young age, Jesus clearly knew that His ultimate purpose was that of His heavenly Father. Knowing His eventual heavenly purpose didn’t cause Him to live irresponsibly here on earth; He lived obediently to His earthly parents (see Luke 2:50). Yes, He had to wait until He was of a mature age before He faithfully launched into His ministry, but He knew. His obedience, His responsibility, His waiting process, His maturing process – all these were preparations leading to that specific purpose of dealing with the things of His (heavenly) Father.

Faithfully serving our heavenly purpose gives the highest meaning to our earthly tasks. The earlier we come to grips with our purpose, the more focused our steps are, the less we waste our efforts, the wiser we use our time.  To be mindful of our heavenly responsibility is to live responsibly here on earth. Whatever our earthly age is, whatever our earthly vocation is, whatever our societal status may be, whatever category we belong to, let them all be like sharp arrows drawn and pointed to one concentrated target: serving our heavenly Father.

Dear God, please help us to draw our earthly “arrows” well and to keep our sights properly focused on the heavenly “target.”  Help us to serve You well.