Lenten Reflections – Day 25

13 Mar

Hebrews 11:13
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

Are you a stranger on this earth or are you comfortable here?  Are you so settled in your life that you can’t imagine going anywhere else?  You don’t want anything to change?

It’s easy enough, particularly for the American Christian.  We like our houses, our cars, our vacation homes.  No, not all Americans are equally blessed, but by the standards of the world, we’re pretty rich.  For the most part we find the job we like, the house we like, the church we like all because they’re the right fit.

So it’s easy to get that sense of security.  That sense of belonging.  But as followers of Christ, should it be that way?

In the Old Testament, the Children of Israel seemed to move quite a bit.  Even after being delivered to the Promised Land, they didn’t get to stay there.  As Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, “Our forefathers have been forced out of many, many places at a moment’s notice.  Maybe that’s why we always wear our hats.”

It’s true that in the course of history the Jewish people have rarely had the chance to be comfortable.  It seems God has always moved them around, sometimes to display His power, sometimes because of their disobedience.  But always with His purpose in mind.

Do we have His purpose in mind?  Or are we so comfortable that we just don’t want to move?  It’s easy to get so caught up in our lives that we forget that we’re not really home.  Or we forget that we’re called to a world in need that just might require we step out of our comfort zone.

While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying God’s blessings, we should never get so comfortable that we’re unwilling to move when He says it’s time to go.

Where does God want to move you today?

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