A friend of mine sent me an article titled The Christian Job Description by Paul David Tripp. One of the things that stood out to me was the idea that Christians should live like foreigners or exiles in this world.
Reminder that This World Is Not My Home
What I read made me realize that I’ve grown too comfortable in this world. I’m not living like an exile. My attitude too often is like that of a permanent resident.
But here’s the problem: You and I have grown too comfortable in our temporary home. We like the materialism and pleasure-orientation of Western culture. We measure success by the square footage of our house, the number of options on our luxury vehicle, the size of our retirement package, the quality of our cuisine and the letters after our name. ~ Paul David Tripp
But, as the author reminds me, this world is not my home. I’m a sojourner here. I’m just passing through on the way to my final destination.
All these temporary trappings distract me from what really matters. My real job is to love others and help them find their own relationship with Jesus Christ. I can’t do that if I’m consumed with increasing my own comfort.
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:14 NIV
My flesh and its “needs” are temporary. As a Christ Follower, I want to be focused on eternal matters.
Dedicating My Life to the Proper Things
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1 NLT
I need to live like an exile in this world sacrificing comfort and pleasure for a greater cause, one that has more than temporary implications.