“By faith he lived as an alien…” Hebrews 11:9.
Do we embrace the words of Jesus that we are in the world but not of the world (John 17)? Do we live as citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20)? Do we confess that we are strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13)?
It takes faith in Jesus and His Word to live as an alien. Only by faith in Christ can we make the daily decisions that are based on our hope of an eternal future with the living God. Only by faith can we make the big decisions, which are built on the daily decisions, that reflect that we are going to live life not for immediate gratification and narcissistic satisfaction, but that we are going to live for the glory of God and the benefit of our neighbor.
Only by faith can we tell the truth in a world of lies. Only by faith can we show fidelity in a world of infidelity. Only by faith can we protect our hearts and minds and souls from the pollution and toxicity of society. Only by faith can we live differently.
How different was Jesus Christ from the world around Him? The answer is the measure of how different we are called to be…not for ourselves but for Christ and for others.
O Lord Jesus, increase our faith in You and in Your Word, teach us to live as aliens…and teach us to bring others with us when we return to our home country.