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Comfort has the ability to be a stumbling block for Christians. It is a tool used to maneuver us away from discipleship. We see it in Luke 9:57-58.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke 9:57-58 NIV)
The Christian relationship with the world is described by the following phrases and vocabulary:
- “aliens and strangers in the world” 1 Peter 2:11
- “they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth” Heb. 11:13
- “But our citizenship is in heaven” Phil 3:20
- “Do not love the world or anything in the world” 1 John 2:15
- “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God” 2 Cor. 2:12
One of the leading metaphors for our lives is that of transient pilgrims. This earth is but a stage of life through which we pass, but it is not the fullness of life. We live every day for tomorrow’s future hope. We should be living in tents (Heb. 11:9), but too often we have set up our permanent residences. In one of his books Kenneth Boa shares the illustration of a person going into a hotel room and spending hundreds on decorating a hotel room with personalized curtains and paint. It is ridiculous because a hotel is a temporary dwelling. We don’t create the ultimate environment because we know the time will pass quickly. Nevertheless, at times we make this life our permanent residence when it is more appropriate to live in tents.
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10 NIV)
Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:16 NIV)
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV)
Consider the following questions:
- What is your ultimate priority with money?
- Is your money being used for eternal or temporary purposes?
- Do you handle your finances with the realization that you are on a transient pilgrimage, or do you handle it like you are a full time resident?