“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…” Ephesians 2:19 (English Standard Version)
The people of Bogotá, Colombia are gracious and friendly. The climate is wonderful and the shortage of oxygen at 8,500 feet is no longer a problem. We love it here and are looking forward to our years here. As we learn to navigate this huge city and struggle to understand the language and the culture, we still have a strong feeling that we are strangers and aliens. We are here on a work visa and we are awaiting our registration card to show that even though we have permission to live here for two years, we are not Colombians.
We are, and maybe always will be, foreigners.
I am reminded as well of the verse in the letter to the Hebrews where the writer speaks of Christians; “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13).” I have felt this way to some extent for a very long time, even in the city and country of my birth – a feeling that, in some way, I belong somewhere else. And I do. We do.
You and I are members of the household of God. Yes, we live here and now. We serve here and now. We grow in the place where the Lord has planted us. But we also, in an even more real sense, are citizens of Heaven. You and I have been bought with a price and rescued for something more. We are heirs of all of the riches of Jesus Christ.
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling (II Corinthians 5: 1,2).”
And Jesus said;
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2).”
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