“Instead, it was a better country they longed for, the heavenly country. And so God is not ashamed for them to call him their God, because he has prepared a city for them.”
When my (Ardo’s) father was still working as a diplomat in Nigeria, one of his biggest challenges was to secure and defend the Indonesian citizens in the foreign country of Nigeria when entering illegally through the western sea boarders.
My father would tell me stories of the dangers and risks of how these illegal Indonesian immigrants coming to Nigeria would have to endure. So much uncertainties and factors when dealing with the Nigerian government since they would not have any guarantees of a citizenship to either work, make a living or especially start a new life there in Nigeria. But to most Indonesians who are escaping to Nigeria, all that they had in mind was that even though I am Indonesian, I don’t care because all I care about is that I need to get out of Indonesia and start over again.
For some of us, that’s how we feel about this world that we live in. Though I hope that you won’t decide to escape to Nigeria as an illegal immigrant, I can relate in how we somehow are not fully satisfied with this world and what it offers. Do you feel that sometimes? Like I don’t belong here? I belong somewhere else? There’s gotta be more in this life than just living? The Bible says that we’re foreigners in this world and that your citizenship is in heaven and not in this world. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you will find your home later when Jesus comes back and take you home. The question is, do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or not? Start today.
“Lord, help us to know You more and comfort us in Your truth that there’s a place better for us in Your presence when You return. Thank you that because of Your Son Jesus, we are now citizens of heaven! Amen.”