Encouraging, Living, Reaching

May 10, 2017

Shane Johnson

By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.  Hebrews 11:9

The world should not feel like home.  If it does, it is a pretty good indicator that we are not living by faith.  Like an animal trapped in a zoo, limited by bars of sin and gawked at by people who think we are a spectacle, we do not belong to this world.  We are in the world, Jesus said, but we are not of the world.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived here, but only temporarily.  Abraham was a rich man with many herds and cattle.  He could have built a mansion, founded a city or conquered lands.  Instead he chose to dwell in tents and only owned a funeral plot to bury his dead.
How much do you own?  Is the world your oyster or your thorn in the flesh?  A temporary furlough or your permanent vacation spot?

Those who live by faith use the world without possessing it (1 Cor.7:30).  Those who live by faith dwell in the world but do not love it (1 John 2:15).  Those who live by faith live in tents as did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.