Emerge Devotion No. 6
Last week was the first time in a long while since we’ve had our services at our Jurong West church compound. I still remember the days when I used to stay in Hougang and had to travel two hours by public transport to get to church in the far far west—and those were the days when the North-East line was non-existent. Yet, to be able to soak in the presence of God and hear His Word made all the travelling worth it!
As I was praying about what to share for devotion this week, I was reminded of the word, “sojourn.” The Oxford Dictionary defines “sojourn” as a temporary stay. While Suntec is our permanent worship location, for three weeks in April, we have to travel and sojourn in Jurong for our services.
If you think about it, we are all sojourners in this journey called “Life.” Apostle Paul says in Philippians that “our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our permanent residence is in heaven, and earth is just temporary.
When we truly understand that earth is temporary, we will then be able to live life with greater clarity. This life that we live is not a pursuit of material goods, academic achievements, fame or popularity. It’s not about having the most Instagram followers, getting the latest gadgets, or fulfilling our #wanderlust by travelling to the most picture-worthy countries. Our life is so much more than just worldly achievements that will one day fade away. This life we live has eternal value and our reward is in heaven!
2 Cor 4:16-18 says, “16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
When we go through difficult times, know that God is dealing with our character and purifying our hearts. When we have to make tough decisions, know that God is refining our priorities, teaching us to live a life of faith. Therefore, do not lose heart. Know that God loves you, and what we go through here on earth is simply in preparation for an eternity in heaven.