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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Hebrews 11:13-16
13: All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14: For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15: And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16: But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
For some reason, I'm thinking of a scene for Men in Black III, where the team finds an alien passing himself off as a music minister, playing a gospel number "... this is not my home, I'm just passing through..." as they come in. The believers among us are aliens, being controlled by a alien force bent on taking over the world. We're not at home here, yet we can get accustomed to this place that is our adoptive home. If we lose focus, it's easy to go native. However, if we turn our eyes back upon God, we'll recognize what we're got to look forward to, a place that makes Bill Gates' pleasure dome pale in comparison. Even if we don't get that big of digs in Heaven, we'll get to hang out with God and all the other believers, which makes whatever the physical accommodations are pale in comparison to the company we'll keep. This isn't our home, we're just passing through. We're not supposed to feel that comfortable in it. If you fell like a misfit or an odd duck, just remember that the Ugly Duckling was a swan in the wrong nest.

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