These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return

Prestige - Rights - Privileges - Rank - Status - Power - Influence - Wealth - Popularity - Freedom - Talent - Power - Success - Control - Pedigree - Relationships - Possessions - Wealth - Health; if these are things that grab your attention then chances are you are still under the impression (delusion) that this earth is all there is and that there is nothing beyond this life either to shun or gain.

But if on the other hand, you have come to the place in your life where none of these things bring you fulfillment, or that none of these things are considered worthy of your pursuit, then most likely you have come to grasp the truth that we are both strangers and pilgrims in this world.

Do you know hat the Scriptures teach us that as believers our citizenship is not of this world? Paul reminds us of this very fact when he wrote, "Our conversation [that is, our citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Php 3:20

And seeing that we are awaiting a Savior who will one day return for us what matter of people ought we to be? So I ask you, have you begun the translation process whereby you see yourself as a pilgrim and stranger to this world? And if you have are you living and acting accordingly? If not then today I would like to encourage you, yea exhort you, to truly see yourself as strangers and pilgrims; and that as so, that you abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. 1Pe 2:11

Although we are in the world we don't have to be of the world. It's so easy now-a-day to get side-tract from our real responsibilities and calling. Unless we consider ourselves to be foreigners here on earth we are going to begin thinking as the world thinks and are priorities are going to resemble those of the world. The Book of James warns us against this;

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain"; whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that." As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:13-17

As citizens of "another world." [Heaven] Paul reminds us that unless our "EXPECTIONS" are Heaven Centered we will be robbed us of our spiritual vitality and ambition. Therefore we find him praying as a pilgrim and stranger in this world, "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Php 1:20

So what does all of this have to do with our trials here on earth? Well, being citizens of another land we have come to understand that our life and being are entirely in the Hands of the one who has prepared that land. And as subject of that Land there is a plan and purpose for us to be carried out. Paul realized this when he declared; "I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course…Ac 20:24

No one had to remind Paul of his priorities. All that mattered to him was that Christ was being magnified by his life whether by life or by death. Regardless of the circumstances Paul found himself in he did not stop to regard it for a moment. He was well aware that his life was not his own and that he had been bought with a price. That there was no trial he could be called upon to endure that was going to keep him from the achieving that for which he had been set apart for.

As far as the things we mentioned earlier, Paul counted them as dung that he might win Christ. And not only so, but he was delighted that he was counted worthy to share in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings.

What is so valuable in your life that it would keep you from achieving what you know God has called you to? Are you easily alarmed when difficulties present themselves in your life? Has the "lust" of this life caused you to change your priorities? Have bonds and persecutions caused you to fall away from your first love?

I challenge you this day to cross over the point of no return and count yourselves to be strangers to this world. As Paul admonished Timothy, so do I you to; Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, profess a good profession before many, finish your course, and keep the faith: 1Ti 6:12 2Ti 4:7 These are to be your priorities!

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Now I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32