Looking for Roots in all the Wrong Places (by Ben Johnson)

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

A.W. Tozer once said that Christians do not tell lies, they just go to church and sing them. We sing that this world is not our home. We get excited to think that one day we will be in heaven. We know that our hope is not here and that we are awaiting the time when God will make all things new. Yet our lives reflect a different orientation.

The American dream is really the dream of nearly everyone on this planet. You need to work hard, to get a good job, to have nice stuff,to  have a nice house, and to have a good family. You need to lay down your roots to have stability. This idea of thinking is not only the idea of Americans and so many around the world but it is the main idea of the vast majority of Bible-believing Christians.

pilgrims1Then we come to the Bible and see a very different idea. We are strangers in this world. (1 Peter 1:1) The kingdom of God is not of this world. (John 18:36) We should be like those in Hebrews 11 who declared plainly that they were not only strangers but pilgrims and they desired a new country. We are in this world yet not of it. (John 17:16) To lay down roots in this world is to lay down roots in a place that will burn. (2 Peter 3:10)

Why then do we place so much allegiance in places? Why do we lay down our roots and place our treasures in a place where moth and rust corrupt? One of the greatest hindrances to accomplishing the Great Commission is that so many Christians lock themselves down. Instead of being able to be mobile and move, they dig in and hold their ground.

Let us look at life from a heavenly perspective. We need to realize that this world really is not our home. Everything you see today if it exists in the passing centuries will one day be firewood as God purifies this earth for good. Let us place ourselves in the position to help advance the kingdom of God by being able to move ourselves.


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