Post Mortem

Pilgrims on Earth (Christian perspective)

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/21/2020 11:01:44 AM IST

 Life on earth is not meant to be forever. Nobody does. We are just passing by and takes nothing with us when life ends. We are here on earth by the will of God and that is not a mistake or matter of chance. However short or long life maybe believers live for Christ. This is our purpose just as Paul said “I no longer live but Christ live in me”. We do not live for our self. We tend to think that life is our own. Secular writers are of the view that we are our own masters and that we shape our own destiny. That may be true in the worldly sense of the term. But we are just like clay in the hands of the potter. The bottom line is ‘we are in the world but not of it’ John 17:16. We do not belong to the world neither do the world belongs to us. 

Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Therefore we are to glorify, please and honor him with our life. This is our purpose. The pilgrim does not live for his earthly desires but for the will of God. Why do we have to concern ourselves with the things of this world when god has promised to take care of our every need and be our help in every situation? The natural men’s ego and pride is never satisfied. This is what John mentions as ‘the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life’. He goes on to say that this things does not come from the father but from the world. The things of the world may give satisfaction but for some time. It soon passes away. Wealth and riches are not sin in itself but how it is attained can be. Is it fair or unfair? Is it just or unjust? We are just stewards of what god gives us. God is the God of creation. 

Whether one is rich or poor remind you that this world is neither the real destination nor the real end of life. Our destination is heaven and we have eternal life if we believe in Jesus. We’re citizens of heaven as mentioned in bible. The real blessings of God are not confined to materials but to make you a person like Christ. A matured person attaining to the full measure in him. 

Man of the bible who lived like pilgrims or strangers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They lived like ‘strangers in a foreign country’ although that was the very promised land (Heb. 11:9). Then came along the prophets of old. These man of God lived like pilgrims, not attached, with no sense of belonging.

Our lord Jesus and the apostles lived liked the same. Brought nothing to the world and took nothing from the world (in material term). We as believers ought to have the same attitude, setting our minds on things above and not on earthly things. These means of those spiritual riches which are eternal. This perhaps is good news to both the rich and the poor. Why do believers be corrupted and down cast for money and riches? Like Paul we can ‘learn to be content both in times of lack and in times of need.’ Materials are simply what King Solomon called vanity. He derived what his eyes could see and what his natural mind craved, only to conclude as a chasing after the wind. 

If you consider yourself to be poor never be sorrowful or pitiful. Should your needs be met be content. If you have joy, peace and contentment it’s the same with those who you consider rich because we are going for the same state of mind. If you do not have pride and ego and do not try to feed them, you have got it, what everyone wants.

The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom and not a physical material one just as Jesus said in the Gospel. He brought the kingdom of God which is to abide in men. The bible says it’s a kingdom of love, joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit. Christ brought and established a spiritual kingdom which is eternal.

I personally believe that our needs shall be supplied and added onto us. Our God is a God of ‘exceedingly much more than all that we ask or imagine’.

Thechamo Ngullie, DLPC

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