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.
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