Listen to this devotional:
1 John 2:15 – Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (NIV)
There's an old folk song called "The Wayfaring Stranger". Most people assume it's an Appalachian song, a Melungeon ballad, or an old African-American spiritual. There's even some speculation that it was first sung in Britain and brought over to North American shores during the large-scale immigration of the eighteenth century. Whatever its origins, the song has been lovingly sung for generations, because it expresses a simple truth: we are all just pilgrims on this planet, heading home.
I've often stated that life is a journey and that it continues until we reach our eternal destination. Jesus Himself told us that He is the Way to God, so our lives can be continued beyond the grave if we place our hearts and hopes in Him. This, of course, means letting go of all that possesses us on this planet, which is why the apostle John wrote to his fellow Christians about not loving the world. If we grow too attached to the things around us, and even to the people, we will never give our hearts to God. The purpose of this life-long journey is to experience the temporary joys of God on earth, so that we will be attracted towards, and even yearn for, the infinite bliss of heaven.
When we accept that life is transitory and look forward to being with Christ in eternity, we discover a peace about who we are, what we are meant to do, and why we are here in the first place.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You have told us that if we seek You first, we will experience an abundant life. You have also claimed to be the Way in which we can be reunited and restored to God in heaven. We believe Your words and look forward to the time when we will at last see You face-to-face in glory. Thank You for Your promises and for the gift of everlasting life. In Your holy name, we cheerfully pray. Amen.