A devotion from David Simpson, Minister – Lanier Christian Church, Gainesville, Georgia

“There’s a lot of talk in the news these days about illegal aliens, foreigners in our land. Without getting political, I am reminded that all Christians are foreigners.
1 Peter 1:7 says: “…live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.” In addition, Paul tells us, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This world is not the home we were meant for. The heaven that is to come is our real home. A land where there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more fear, no more evil, no more disasters, no more war, no more suffering, and no more death. That yearning for home should be our greatest desire as believers. With eager expectation, we should long for the appearing of Jesus to take his children home. Unfortunately, too many cling to THIS world as the answer to their every need. They place all their hope in THIS world to provide for them. But, what we have now is temporary. What is to come is eternal. What we experience now is temporarily satisfying. What is to come is eternally gratifying.

There’s an old gospel song that says it better than I ever could.

This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through;
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door,
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore;

So, while we live here as foreigners, there is work to be done. There’s a world around us that needs us to offer them Jesus, the hope of the world. In your words and deeds, offer Christ to those around you. There is no greater hope. Let’s do all we can to help others to see and prepare for that wondrous time when we will indeed be citizens of heaven, our real home!”

Agape, David

My friend, David, does a wonderful job in writing and speaking God’s Word. I found this devotional very meaningful. I hope you do too. Max

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