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While We Walk this Pilgrim's Pathway
“While We Walk the Pilgrim’s Pathway for this world is not our home, we’re just a passing through….”
I offer these 4 suggestions to help us stay on the pilgrim’s pathway.
1. You’re either apart from the world or you’re a part of it. In making your choice, remember that Jesus said, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36) Where is your citizenship? Finding where you fit in involves finding where you don’t fit in.
2. Don’t be afraid to act like a foreign pilgrim. People who dress differently, talk differently, and act differently are going to be treated differently. Peter addressed the 1st Century Christians in this manner: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11) His solution was for them to keep doing what they’d been doing, to show the world where they belonged.
3. You prepare for the next world by living well in this world. Fleshly lusts have no place in the spiritual person, a pilgrim whose mind is somewhere else. Talking like a foreigner is no embarrassment to him whose true citizenship is in heaven. Dressing like a foreigner is no problem for a young lady who covets no attention for herself but wants peoples’ eyes to be focused on her Master in heaven. “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God” (Hebrews 11:16). Let us, then, not be ashamed to be called His pilgrims.
4. Keep looking for the city. The pilgrim’s journey will eventually come to an end. Those who spent their whole lives wandering, dwelling as strangers and exiles, will finally reach their home and have a city to call their own. It is the inheritance Peter describes as being reserved; “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4), the abode that John says “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2).
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