Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

We are Pilgrims and Strangers

Hebrews 11:3  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  

When the pilgrims set out for a new world that they hadn’t seen, they persevered through storms and uncharted territory to reach their final destination, a new home where they were free to worship the Jesus of the Bible. 

Brothers and sisters, as pilgrims and strangers on this earth, are we losing our vision of heaven, our promised future life in heaven, our longing for a new home by focusing too much on this pandemic, too much on the media, too much on the security and pleasures of this life that will soon perish? 

This world is not our final home. All the comforts and crosses (such as the coronavirus) of this life are short-lived, but the promises of God are a solid rock under our feet, immovable, unchanging, and unshakeable. 

Acts 1:11  Why stand ye gazing into heaven, this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, so shall come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven. 

Jesus not only promised He would return, but he also promised He was preparing a home for us in heaven. All the saints of old continued to believe to the end of their lives that God would fulfill these promises He had given to them.  They had no doubt as to their reality. This earth was not their final home. Can we confess as saints of today, that this is not our final home? Do we believe that God will fulfill His promises to us or are we so focused on this pandemic that we doubt His promises and lose our hope in Christ?