23 July 2017
Reading: 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38-39; Psalm 75; 1 Peter 2
11 Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. 12 Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. (1 Peter 2:11-12 MSG)
My friend Gregory Fisher, who for many years served the nations as a missionary, posted this on Facebook: ”This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door. And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore!”
These are words from a song I remember singing when I was a kid. It was more than just a catchy tune and lyrics – we really did believe that and think that way – at least a part of the time. However, it seems as life gets more comfortable we tend to get more and more content with this world and think less about the “other world.”
I read in 2 Kings and in Isaiah today about how Hezekiah responded when God told him some day everything of value in his palace would be carried off to Babylon.He was thinking to himself, “It won’t happen in my lifetime – I’ll enjoy peace and security as long as I live.” (2 Kings 20:19 MSG)
I don’t want to make myself cozy in this world at the cost of “eternity awareness.” I don’t want to indulge my ego at the expense of my soul and the souls of others. It’s so easy to focus a disproportionate amount of my time, my attention, and my energy on my house, my car, my stuff, my comfort.
I’m not saying I want discomfort for its own sake, like a self-martyr kind of pride in suffering, but I don’t want to lose my perspective of short time here versus long time of eternity. How are you doing with the ego versus soul struggle?
Father, Please forgive me for the times I indulge my ego at the expense of living with an eternal perspective. Help me keep my values true and my perspective right. As Peter wrote, I want my values to show in my daily living and I want my daily life to be a Good News Missionary message to the “natives” in my home town. Amen.