Excerpt from Moments of Guidance in the Presence of God
David Jeremiah, pg. 117
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrim of the Dispersion…” ~ 1 Peter 1:1
Few Greek words have been so variously translated as the word the New King James Version renders pilgrims in 1 Peter 1:1. In other versions it is translated: exiles, sojourners, strangers, foreigners, those who live as refugees, these away from their homes, those who reside as aliens, and temporary residents.
The last is the best – temporary residents. The actual Greek word Peter used describes someone who settles down for a temporary time in a land not his own. As Christians, we’re citizens of heaven and joint heirs with Christ. This world isn’t our home; we’re here on temporary assignment. This isn’t our destination but our deployment.
The heroes of Hebrews 11 desired a better country, a heavenly one, and therefore God wasn’t ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. The Book of Revelation ends by describing this New Jerusalem and our eternal inheritance.
This old earth isn’t much of a bequest; it’s too tarnished and too transient. Better things are ahead. Let’s set our minds on things above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
“But I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down,
An heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown” ~ Harriet E. Buell
Artist Roberta Weir, Infinity...spiritual pilgrim discovering another world
I find it thrilling and exciting to venture into the unknown. The unknown can be a little daunting, but nothing to run and hide from. I embraced all full force with no holding back and I look forward to what is to come with keen earnest.
Yes we are here on temporary assignment. What my assignment is and what yours is must be different for we are different. What does always matter is where our heart is at every interval. The Creator asked me to post this.
I have not looked at this book in few weeks. I am glad I did. Thank you and I love you Father