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Devotionals

Pilgrims and Strangers
Anonymous - Sept. 19, 2014
Devotional

Pilgrims and Strangers How often do you think about what it means to be be a pilgrim, or a sojourner? When I hear the word pilgrim, I immediately think of the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving. However, we were told to think of ourselves as pilgrims long before they ever sailed the Atlantic. In Hebrews eleven, the great hall of faith, we see verses thirteen through sixteen; These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were pilgrims and strangers on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. and truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. What exactly is a pilgrim? What is a stranger? They are people who don't exactly fit in, people from another land, people who are passing through and never become too attached to a place because they know its only a matter of time before they will move on. In Hebrews we see men and women of God who chose to believe the promises of God and keep their eyes focused on a heavenly kingdom rather than this earthly one. Its easy to get distracted by the here and now; to put down roots and get caught up in life’s day to day struggles and even joys. How do we consider ourselves though? Where does our first allegiance lie? Is it in our citizenship here on Earth or what the Bible says our citizenship is in heaven? What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? Probably the same thing that it means to be a citizen of earth. So what is your focus? Is it the here and now and how comfortable you can be? Or is it as a sojourner and not seeking comfort now, but for the life to come? Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.