We are Sojourners

Scrolling through my YouVersion app, my eyes fell on these verses this evening. They encouraged me, and I hope they encourage you, too.

If you call on Him as Father—the One who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds—then live out the time of sojourning in reverent fear. You know that you were redeemed from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors—not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with precious blood like that of a lamb without defect or spot, the blood of Messiah.
1 Peter 1:17‭-‬19 TLV

This week we are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. It is a time to remember to hold loosly to this world. We are sojourners; we are just passing through. This world is not our home.

While sojourning here, it is tempting to think this is it. This world is what I should live for. It’s easy to do, isn’t it? Sometimes my brain forgets that everything I do in the here and now has an eternal purpose.

I can show my Heavenly Father reverence by living out my calling as a daughter of God, wife, and mother. We are instructed to have a deep respect for Him as we sojourn along.

During this Feast, most build a sukkah, or tent-like structure to reside in for the week. Living this way helps to remind us that this world is not our home, and we can trust in the Lord for provision and guidance.

His guidance is found in Scripture. When we turn to His Word for instruction, our purpose becomes clear. We were created to serve Him, and to make Him known to others. We can point our children to a wellspring of life as we make lunches and grade math worksheets. We can offer a glimpse of grace to our husbands when we pray for them while they are at work or offer them encouragement after a long, hard day.

We should no longer live for “a futile way of life.” We were redeemed from that!

Every little thing we do melds together into an offering to the Father. He is so good and worthy, ladies!

This week I’ve been encouraged to take my eyes off of my physical circumstances, and instead, focus on the eternal. When I realize that all I do has a purpose beyond the here and now, does life ever take on a different meaning.

Related: Our Wilderness Journey

We have been redeemed by the blood of our Messiah, and our inheritance is great. The Lord didn’t have to send His Son, but He did because He loves us so much. I feel so undeserving. The least that I can do is reverently fear Him.

Our life is no longer futile, but is purpose filled, even while spending most of our time within the walls of our home. Our family is our greatest mission field. Take heart!
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