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“To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure” (1 Peter 1:1-2).

I suppose it is no longer politically correct to think this way, so whether you listen to the Word or the world, we forge ahead with the idea of being alien, even if the world says this is our home.  Home is where the heart is.  Is your heart set on the things of this world, or upon where you will be forever.  Know that if your heart is set upon heaven, in the Lord, you still very much care for the earth; the opposite, not so much.

Lord, You have called for us to be stewards.  Stewards don’t own, they just care for what is entrusted to them.  Everything in my possession belongs to You.  Teach me to care for all things as a steward knowing that this is not my home.  Being with You is my home.  Guide me in the way I should go in order that I may be led into that better country where I am no longer an alien and sojourner.

Lord Jesus, You did not come just to make us better people in this place.  You came that we might go with You on a journey into eternity.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of everlasting life so that I may be guided by Your goodness and mercy.  Help me to walk with You knowing that You alone know the way, for You are the way.  Guide me in the new life You have given me and help me to rejoice in Your grace with thanksgiving.  Amen.