Hebrews 11:13, 16 “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…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.”
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, a significant number of people traversed the country by hopping on freight trains, finding shelter in empty boxcars, and eking out a meager living through seasonal employment.
Much like the hobo, a pilgrim may find himself without the comforts and security of a permanent home, yet there is a distinct difference – the pilgrim has a clear destination in mind. His heart is set on a specific goal, and his “mind is fixed” toward it. As Christians, we are called to embrace this pilgrim's mindset. In the Book of Hebrews, we encounter the heroes of faith who "confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (11:13). Their ability to lead lives marked by godliness and faithfulness stemmed from their unwavering anticipation of "a better, that is, a heavenly country" (v.16).
It is crucial to recognize that the Lord is in the process of preparing each one of us for eternity, infusing every aspect of our lives with this weightiness. While this Earth is not our permanent home, we are far from being aimless wanderers. Instead, we are purposeful travelers, entrusted with the responsibility of living honorably as we journey toward our God-prepared destination.
Recognize that we are here for a purpose and not forever. Make your focus about eternity.
Heavenly Father, I give my words and actions to you today. I want to glorify you and honor you. Help me remember that I am a traveler on this Earth. Thank you for the promise of heaven. In Jesus' name. Amen.