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?