“This world is not my home. I’m just 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.”  ~ Mary Reeves Davis

 

Did you know you are an expatriate?  An expatriate is someone who is living in a country that is not their native country; not their home country.

Yeshua said, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Judean leaders. But as it is, My kingdom is not from here.”  (John 16:36, TLV)

Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the perfect will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  (Romans 12:2, TLV)

And John said, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them.”  (1 John 2:15, TLV)

We all know how easy it is to be distracted, overwhelmed, and even consumed by the things of this world.  Our natural, physical circumstances and tendencies can cause our attentions to be diverted from kingdom priorities and assignments.

Yes, we are obliged to live our lives; to “take care of business,” so to speak. Yet we must learn to “check in” with Father each day – throughout the day – to ensure that we are following His instructions and doing what He tells us to do.

Furthermore, we must recognize when we have allowed our attentions to shift too much toward the things of this world.  When that happens, we can adjust and return to the Father.

Remember your home. Don’t let your expatriate status lure into thinking and acting like this world is your home.

Father, preserve our hearts and our allegiances, that we may keep our eyes on You and obey your instructions.

 

Ed Boring

BYNA Elder

 

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