Strangers in a Strange Land

Set your minds on things above not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2

Strangers in a Strange Land

An American traveler went to Poland to visit a famous rabbi.  Upon arrival, the traveler was taken aback by the rabbi’s room, which contained only a table, a chair, and some books.  Perplexed, the traveler asked, “Rabbi, where is your furniture?” The rabbi replied, “My furniture?  Where is your furniture, my friend?” The tourist explained he was only a tourist passing through.  The rabbi’s response?  “So am I.”

Life in our affluent, materially-oriented society draws us away from what God wants our focus to be.  We are regularly tempted to invest our time and energy in ways that focus on making ourselves comfortable residents here.  Be careful.  Succumbing to this temptation will blunt your ability to hear and hope in God.  Set your mind on things above, and your heart will surely follow.  Live intentionally and effectively for the glory of God.

– Steve Arterburn

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.William Shakespeare 


One Comment

  1. amelia dering April 18, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks Steve, now i have something to tell my brother when he says why don’t you buy a new stove, you cheapskate? i’m just a tourist passing through. and also a cheapskate:)

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