Stationed in a Foreign Country

Being stationed in a foreign country is quite an experience. You are away from home for an extended period of time. You work there, meet people, make friends, visit places, have a place to live, engage in social activities, learn all about the country, etc. You like a lot about the place. Once in awhile, you consider settling down there. Some actually do settle there for the rest of their days. For most, there is a desire to go home. You try to make the best of it while there but you have a longing to get home. This is somewhat like the experience of the born again Christian. They are restored to Spiritual life and come to realize that they are dwelling in a foreign country (this world). Their real home is Heaven and they are longing to go home. They try to make the best of their temporary home. They avoid the degrading things found all around them. Local people notice the difference and treat the redeemed as foreigners. Yet some see qualities that they come to value, in these strange people. They would like to be like these aliens. They are told that there is Someone: “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:13). They are told that they can have their citizenship changed to Heaven. All who receive Jesus as Savior and Lord are adopted into His family and become part of His Kingdom. Just as Americans have a better life than most of the world, God’s true people have a better life and destiny than the whole world. When God’s people come home, they will have a perfect life! Mrs. A. J. Bridgewater’s hymn, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” gives us some ideas about the home that God has for those who are His: “We read of a place that’s called Heaven, it’s made for the pure and the free; these truths in God’s Word He hath given, how beautiful Heaven must be. In Heaven no drooping or pining, no wishing for elsewhere to be; God’s light is forever shining, how beautiful Heaven must be. Pure waters of life there are flowing, and all who will drink may be free; rare jewels of splendor are glowing, how beautiful Heaven must be. How beautiful Heaven must be, sweet home of the happy and free; fair haven of rest for the weary, how beautiful Heaven must be.” Selah! Only those who have become citizens of Heaven will enjoy that “forever” home!    Ron

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