The Christian can sometimes walk a fine line. We are called to be a light in this world that speaks about the glory of our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:14-16). We are to give thanks in all circumstances of this life (1 Thess. 5:18). We are called to work diligently in good works that God has prepared for us in this world to do (Eph. 2:10).
However, we also know that we are foreigners in this world. We live in a broken world surrounded by evil and death. We know that ultimately our citizenship is in heaven. As it says of the people of faith in Hebrews:
“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, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country-- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:13-16 NIV)
We are waiting on an enduring city, not one that is passing away. We have tasted of this eternity in our salvation through Jesus Christ and we know He waits for us in heaven. D. L. Moody put it like this:
“We say this is the land of the living! It is not. It is the land of the dying. What is our life here but a vapor? A hearse is the most common sight. Families broken into. Over there is one who has lost a father, there a mother, there is a place vacant, there a sister’s name is no more heard, there a brother’s love is missed. Death stalks triumphant through our midst, in this world. Only yesterday I met a mother who had lost her babe. Death in front of us, death behind us, death to the right of us, death to the left of us. . . . But look at the other world. No death, no pain, no sorrow, no old age, no sickness, no bending forms, no dimmed eyes, no tears. But joy, peace, love, happiness. No gray hair. People all young. River of life for the healing of the nations, and everlasting life. Think of it! Life! Life! Life without end! And yet so many men choose this life on earth, instead of the life in Heaven. Don’t close your heart against eternal life. Only take the gift, only take it. Will you do it?”
How do you see this contrast playing out in your life as a blessing to this world, but a citizen of heaven?