In this life, we are always waiting for something. Waiting for that one thing we feel will settle our life down and make it secure. Maybe we’re waiting to find a spouse, to buy a house, to achieve the next step up in our career; maybe we’re waiting to find a friend, to have a child, or to move to the city (or the country). Some of these are worthy goals, but once we attain them, we find that we’re still not satisfied. That’s because as Christians, we’ll always be strangers and sojourners in the world. As we read in 1 Chronicles:
“For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.”1 Chronicles 29:15
As long as we live, we will feel this restlessness, because in Christ we have become part of a new kingdom. We have a new ruler, and a new home. The temporal things of the world, no matter how wonderful, cannot entirely satisfy us. Our only peace is in unity with Jesus and with other believers.
“ But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ…. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:13;19-20
If you’re tired of waiting, if you’re looking for peace, if you are hungering for true community, there is only one place on earth to find it — the church of Jesus Christ. It’s a foretaste of the eternal, right here, right now.
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