East coast hurricanes, west coast earthquakes, explosions, fires, buildings collapsing, jets crashing, auto accidents, trains derailing, chemical and nuclear weapons, bombs, protesters killed in foreign countries, cult slayings, drug dealers, addicts, murder, suicide, rape, incest, robbery, theft, children starving and dying, homeless begging, marital problems, divorce, prison, hospital, psychiatric ward, people drowning, people burning, heart attacks, strokes, liver disease, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, Ebola, financial ruin, weight problems, eating disorders, etc., etc., etc.
People say, “This world is not so bad.” I beg to differ. This world is full of difficulties and sorrows with some good times sprinkled in. There is not enough good to erase the bad. However, Christian wisdom says, “This world is not my home, I’m just ‘a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue: the angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
The inspired apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven.” Peter called Christians “…aliens and strangers.” Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Where is your citizenship? Where is your treasure? Where is your heart?