“This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heavens open door. And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
This song says it all to me. It sums up what our attitude should be while we live on this earth. We are put here for a reason; a God-ordained reason, and we need to keep our focus on that, not on the woes and worries we face while we live here.
Here are a few thoughts on this song that I find I sing to myself more frequently than ever.
“This world is not my home (it sure feels that way), I’m just passing through. (Thank God for that!) My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. (So then WHY do we worry so much about our finances and ‘stuff’ down here? We need to stay focused on this!) The angels beckon me from heavens open door. (Maybe that’s why it’s difficult to feel contented with our lives here.) And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. (Isn’t that the truth?)
In my last posting I mentioned about our pastor’s words on “Eternal Mindset” in his sermon. I’d like to share the main points he used. (With permission from David Garcia.)
1. Eternal not temporal mindset. Our minds should stay focused on our eternity in heaven, not this temporal or earthly life. Do we know that we know that we know we are headed to heaven? How many others can we take with us? (Our whole reason for living on this earth – to share the love of Jesus with others so they, too, can enjoy the privilege of heaven. We can’t do that when we are sidetracked by the problems we face in this world.)
2. Does not get offended. If we stay focused on the eternal, we won’t get offended by the petty garbage that we often allow to offend us. We all do it at one time or other, some more than others. Many of us spend our lives holding on to an offense that we never should have grabbed. Don’t allow yourself to take offense – pray about it. Being offended can easily sidetrack God’s plans for you and keep you from becoming the Godly person He intended you to be.
3. Unconditional love. Learn to forgive. Not forgiving is like taking poison and expecting it to kill the other person. It only hurts you. Matthew 6:14 – “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
4. Ungodly thoughts. Bring ungodly thoughts under obedience and subjection to Jesus. II Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every though to make it obedient to Christ.”