(Not Your) Home Sweet Home

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭11 MSG)

This verse just slapped me. Big time. Isn’t that the way most of us live our lives nowadays? Indulging our ego, staying in our comfort zones – at the expense of our very soul?

Look, it’s not that Jesus doesn’t want us to be happy. How could He not? He loves us that much that He died for us. Such a Father couldn’t have not wanted His beloved children to be happy. But the thing is, our happiness should not depend on this world (and worldly things)!

Paul points it out in Colossians 3:2, to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”.

We should always bear in mind that this world shall pass. This life is but a transition to eternity. Most importantly, HOW we live this life will determine WHERE we spend the next – one that lasts forever and ever. Therefore, is it really worth it to forsake the promise of eternity at the expense of temporal happiness?

So…does that mean that we are not allowed to work hard for a better career? Study hard for a better future? Get a spouse and have a loving family? Achieve financial stability and provide for them? No! It is not wrong to have these, for they are even gifts from God to begin with. But to let them dictate our happiness, is wrong. To let our happiness depend on these things, is wrong. To lose our happiness over these things, is wrong.

So…that means that we can chill out and laze off, since this is not our home, right? Nope. Note that 2 Corinthians 5:9 has also told us that

“whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”

This means that despite still living in this world (which is not our home), our aim should still be to please Him in all that we do, and that is by living this life well and fulfilling our purpose He set for us on Earth.

In conclusion, God wants us to live this life to the fullest yet bearing in mind, that this earth is not our home. Reevaluate your life today. Where does it look like it belong to? Where does it look like it’s going to?

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Ask for Anything from God (?)

What is your heart desiring? Fame? Popularity? Wealth? Love? Well, ask for anything from God! Afterall, He told us in Matthew 7:7 to ask, and it will be given to us, didn’t He?

But nope, that’s not the way it works. For before He said that in chapter 7, He too has said in Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

We ask for things from God most of the time. When we get it, we say God is good. What about when we don’t? Does God stop being good then? Has He stopped listening to our prayers?

The problem has never been with God. Sometimes, the problem lies with our desires. Do the things we desire align with God’s desire? When given to us, will it bring us closer to or further from God? Does it glorify Him, or is it simply an ego boost for us?

Looking back at Matthew 6:33, in order for “all these things will be added to you” to happen, we must “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”.

The same thing is also said in Psalms 37:4, where it says,

“Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

In order for us to gain the desires of our heart, we must first delight ourselves in Him. Because when we learn to seek after God’s own heart, we will then learn to have the right desires, the ones that align with His, the ones that glorify His name, and not our mere worldly pleasures. And when our desires align with His, count on it, He will fulfill the desires of our hearts!

What we desire for determines who we are. Is God your heart’s utmost desire today?