This world is not our home: Satan uses the world, worldly glory and
values, and "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life" (1 John 2:16) to tempt us, just as he did to our Lord
Jesus: "the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and
sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And
saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall
down and worship me" (Matt 4:8-9). Many are totally unaware that they
are falling down and worshipping Satan when they tell lies and use
worldly ways and dirty means to gain the world and climb up the ladder
of power and fame. However, by our faith in God and His Word, we surely
know that this cursed and sinful world is "reserved unto fire against
the day of judgment " the earth also and the works that are therein
shall be burned up" (2 Pet 3:7, 10). May God enlighten our spiritual
eyes to see and believe this truth so that we shall not be deceived by
Satan's lie and temptations, saying to him, "Get thee hence, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt
thou serve" (Matt 4:10).
Be a temporary resident, a sojourner on earth: Without faith in God and
His Word, many just want to establish their permanent residency here on
earth, and "their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue
for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their
lands after their own names" (Ps 49:11). Whether we are living in a
house or in a rented apartment, or whether we are living with our
family or living alone, all will pass way. When we pass away, we shall
leave behind all things, including our loved ones. Truly, "the things
which are seen are temporal" (2 Cor 4:18). Our Lord Jesus Christ prays
to His Father that though we are in this world, we are not of the
world, even as He is not of the world (John 17:14, 16). We should not
think that we shall stay in one place forever, but as a sojourner, we
should be always ready on the go, to go anywhere our Lord leads, even
to Heaven today.
THOUGHT: Am I ready to leave this world for Heaven now?
PRAYER: Lord, remind me always to live as a sojourner on earth.