“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.”Hebrews 11:13
The western world is becoming increasingly secular. As a result, we Christians will feel less and less at home here. When we seek to “explain the reason for the hope that we have” (1 Peter 3:15), non-Christians may say, “Good for you,” and then look for the nearest exit. When we profess faith in Christ and live obediently for Him, we will be “un-friended” in our social channels, both online and off. In my own life some formerly good friends no longer want to have anything to do with me, even though sharing my beliefs with them is all I have done. It hurts a lot.
But then God reminds me: My true citizenship is in heaven. Just as people rejected Jesus, they will reject those who follow Jesus. We are sojourners in this world for a short time, but we will be citizens in heaven for all eternity. What’s more, it is easier to experience rejection by the world when we know that, by faith alone in Him, we already have the unshakable and complete approval of Jesus. And His approval is the only one that truly counts.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16a)
Bible In A Year
- 1 Kings 13-14
- Proverbs 6
- Hebrews 7-8