“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” John 17:16
Jesus is praying for the disciples and is telling God to protect them from the evil one because He will be leaving the earth. He points out that they are not of this earth, just as He is not of it.
All over the world one of the hot issues being talked about is people who are immigrants. These are people who are coming out of one country in order to live in another country.
Many people do not like the idea of people from another country coming in and living in their country. The new people are strangers. They have different customs, beliefs, and ways of doing things. In America it is often easy to spot a new person from a foreign country. Often they do not speak English and they act very differently. Since this is the case, many people treat them differently or even in a rough manner wanting them to leave.
Believers are very much in the same way like those immigrants. This world is not their home. The belief system is very different from that of the world. The world looks at life as eat, drink and be merry, get as much as one can as fast as he can and control others, all focused on self and today. Believers believe in serving and loving others, building others up, and are focused on eternity and God.
When a person is focused on eternity, the troubles of this world lose their impact. What a person has today or is going through is not as important as to holding onto what the future holds. The believer is focused on getting to his eternal home in heaven some day. There is a hope and life that the world does not and cannot know without knowing Jesus.
Knowing that you are not a citizen of this world, but are just passing through can build you up and strengthen you in the trials of this life. Everything that you are going through is temporary and getting you ready for your new home.
Go through each day looking forward to the day you step into heaven with Jesus for all eternity. Jesus had left this earth to prepare a home for you. Strive to be ready for that home and bring everyone you can with you. You are not of this world.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that God will strengthen you to live for Him; and that you will be ready for heaven someday.