PILGRIMS ON EARTH
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. ( 1 John 3:2-3)
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11)
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:9-10).
One thing is very likely to hit every believer: losing sight of eternity; the fact that we are here on “borrowed time”— just passing through earth. We are pilgrims here. If we lose sight of eternity --- heaven and hell then our gospel will become porous, weak and without any hope. (Read again 1 John 3:3.)
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
The hope of heaven, the hope of eternity is a sure antidote to overcoming the difficulties and temptations of this world. If you are only focused on life here, running around with no time for God, BEWARE!
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable (1 Corinthians 15:19).
We are not here to stay—everything here is temporal. With this in mind, we should have only one prayer on our hearts every day. “…teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).