“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” 1 Pet. 2:11

“Aliens to the left, citizens to the right.”  I went to the right. In a moment ‘s flash I was jerked to the left. I’d just landed in South America with a team from my church. Sleep deprivation from the trip coupled with waiting in one too many lines, I wasn’t coherent. When I saw the word “Alien” I reacted defensively. “I’m no alien,” I thought to myself. My companions were quick to save me from embarrassing myself. Stunned and confused at their grabbing me, I asked what they were doing. They reminded me in a foreign country I’m the alien, not the citizen. I laughed at my mistake.

My laughter was interrupted by a prompting in my spirit. God gently reminded me I was an alien in more than one country. His Word reminds this world is not my home either. The Apostle Paul informed Christians our citizenship is in heaven. The city, state, and country where I live is just my residence. My license and registration declare me a Georgian. However, there’s a book in heaven with my name in it, declaring my real home’s location. For now, I journey life’s path here on earth. I need not get entangled in the affairs of this life. Some question, “Is this all there is?” No. There’s so much more. A day is coming when all heaven’s citizens will stand before our Maker and King. There’s property there waiting for my permanent occupancy!


Aliens and Strangers
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