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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Respond to a Messed Up World

In summary of Hebrews 13:14 it says, “This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.”

Bottom Line:
This world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.

What this means to me:

The world I actively participate in, is not my real home.  I am like a foreigner in a different land.  My real home is where I’ll be in eternity and it will be a place where I’m dwelling with God.  While I’m in this world, I’m not part of it.  Unfortunately this world I do live in is pretty messed up. Given my status, this is how I will respond to it.  First, I receive God’s grace daily. The Bible says in Romans 5:17, “Through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ” (GNT).  Secondly, I’ll remind myself that this place is temporary. I shouldn’t get caught up in this fallen world — the fashions and the values — because nothing I see is going to last. Everything is going to vanish one day. There are only two things that are going to last for eternity: God’s Word and his people. So I need to build your life on those things that are going to last.  This is all temporary. You don’t have to put up with the pain for the rest of eternity. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:14, “This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven” (LB).  So pain will come my way. It’ll likely come my way, in some manner or another, every day of your life. But it won’t last.  One day in heaven all my pain — physical, mental, and emotional — will go away.  It is something I can count on.

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