“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman (American author, editor, radio and television personality).
When I read this quote, I can’t help but think of a Christian’s situation here on earth. The inspired writer Peter wrote, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” (I Peter 2:11, KJV). As Christians, we are strangers here on earth. We are temporary residents of this revolving planet. We are only here for a little while. To Christians, this world is a foreign country.
While many are quite comfortable in this world, Christians should experience feelings of discomfort and unease. We are to seek those things which are above. We are to set our affections on things above rather than the things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). We are not to lay up treasures upon earth, but treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19). Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come (Hebrews 3:14).
Christian’s can easily relate to the words of well-known hymn written by Albert Brumley – “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing thru. 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. O Lord, you know I have no friend like you, If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do; The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
Make the best use of your time while on earth but don’t get too comfortable here!