Just Passing Through
“…live peaceably with all” Romans 12: 8 b
At one time I had a friend who always said, “It is okay, I’m just passing through.” This friend has passed through and is now at home with the Lord. She was a humble soul, not much to look at, but a beautiful spirit. She would go around town and clean up all the trash that thoughtless people threw on the sidewalks and streets. At the beginning of each day you would find her at the post office greeting everyone who came in saying, “Good morning. Have a beautiful day.” This was Helen, a true child of God.
Those of us who have become believers, are also just passing though. We are on our way to the Promised Land. You remember, however, that not all those who were led out of slavery to the Egyptians, made it into the Promised Land. They fell short of their promised blessing because of their disobedience. They were impatient and full of complaints. Therefore, the same fate is in store for believers who have not followed the commandments, they may see the Promised Land, but not be allowed to enter.
Then there are those who think they have a lot of time. They want to “enjoy themselves” as they say. “The Lord will be there tomorrow, I can come to him then.” The problem with that is tomorrow may never come. “Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2) It is true these people are just passing through, as well, but to where? Not to the Promised Land of eternity with the Lord, but into the pit of fire.
God sacrificed his own Son so that you and I might be saved from this world. Jesus took all our sins—past, present, future—upon himself that we might be cleansed with his blood and become citizens of heaven. You see, believers are not citizens of this world, but of heaven.
If you are not, get in a Bible believing and preaching church. Speak to a Pastor, Christian friend, or counselor—attend a Christian group or class, learn about the new life that awaits you as a believer. Your troubles will not fade away, but you will be able to tap into the source of strength that will get you through unscathed. Passing through is not always easy, but it is always rewarding for with each trial and tribulation you will emerge stronger on the other side.
One day when the Lord calls me home, I look forward to seeing Helen again. Maybe I will even sleep on her couch for a while like she used to mine. For I am in the world today, but I am not of this world—I am just passing through.
Dear Lord, as I pass through this world and all its eccentricities I want to always remain faithful to you—with Your help, Father, I will. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN
Romans 12:14 Matthew 8:15-17 I Peter 4:8