Do you want a successful life as a Christian here on earth? Many believing Christians want to live for Christ but they are preoccupied with weights. For you to live for Christ you must see yourself as a foreigner in this earth. This is the main key to successful Christian living. This post tells you the mindset you need to have that will help you live for Christ.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation – 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NKJV)
Who are you on earth?
A sojourner – a person who stays in a place temporary.
A pilgrim – a traveler in a foreign land.
An ambassador of Christ – official representative of Christ on earth.
The earth is not your home. Jesus has prepared a place for you (John 14:2)and if you are really passing through this earth to heaven, to the mansion being prepared for you, then you must be like a sheep who follows only the instructions of the shepherd, the voice of a stranger will he not entertain (John 10:5). Jesus said that He is coming back to take you to your mansion (John 14:3), but He is not coming for anyhow person (Matthew 22:11-14). You must have your wedding garment on and Ephesians 5:27 describes what the garment should look like: without spot, wrinkle or blemish. For you to achieve this, you must always remember that you are a traveler staying temporarily on earth and so should ever be ready with your spotless garment for the signal that it is time, whether through home calling or through the second coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 3:13).
How do you live?
Peter in 1 Peter 2:11 was pleading with Christians that as sojourners and pilgrims that they should keep away from fleshly lusts that war against their soul. Paul speaking in 2 Timothy 2: 4, admonishes that as a soldier of Christ you should not be entangled with the things of this world. Romans 8:7 and James 4:4 talk about carnal mind and friendship with the world being enmity with God.
The key to a successful Christian living is to live as a sojourner, a pilgrim on earth. You are here temporarily, so you should not get your clothes soiled. There may be no time to get it spotless before it’s time to move on. A daily consciousness of this will help you to make the right choices and decisions, and take the right steps.
For instance, you won’t go doing all manner of things contrary to your kingdom in order to get wealth, when you know you are just passing by. Besides, what will it profit you if you gain the whole world and lose your soul (Mark 8:36).
Neither will you marry an indigene of the world (2 Corinthians 6:14-16), which will cause you to stay permanently with them, nor will you settle down to satisfy yourself with unholy things and actions that will soil your garment knowing that they will destroy your gate pass into heaven (Galatians 5:19-21).
You are to live as an ambassador of Christ, representing the interest of heaven, doing honourable and good works, and causing men to glorify God (1 Peter 2:12). You are to preach the gospel in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2), snatching men from hell fire (Jude 1:23), giving yourself continually to the word and to prayer (Acts 6:4) and in so doing saving both yourself and those who hear you (1 Timothy 4:15-16).
The summary of this is that you should be heaven conscious all the time and live as a pilgrim and a sojourner. Make your decision now and start today!