You Ain’t From Around Here

1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (NKJV)

I try to email a short daily devotional to a few people several times a week. Here is one that I entitled Alien Alert.

The 60′s TV program Lost in Space had a robot that could detect when aliens were present. He would start flaying his arms, flashing lights and pronounce loudly “Alien Alert, Alien Alert!” In our verse today, John first expresses his amazement over the greatness of the Father’s love that was freely given and claimed us as His children. Secondly, he identifies true believers as aliens because of our citizenship being with Christ. In the South, we have been known to make fun of how Northerners talk and act. We very quickly determine they are aliens because they “ain’t from around here”. The world will react toward Christians in the same way. You may experience “Alien Alerts” in your interactions with family, friends and co-workers today that do not know Christ. Be encouraged in knowing that you are an alien in a foreign land that was sent by his Father to do a sometimes-thankless job. That job is to spread the good news of the gospel and to show His love to those around you.

A few weeks ago the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision and ruling regarding the definition of marriage. With this ruling came floods of opinions that hit every form of communication known to man. For some people there was dancing in the street with celebratory chants while others wept and viewed this as the final nail in the coffin of a God fearing nation. I was scheduled to teach the Sunday following the court’s ruling. I knew it would be the center of discussion throughout the morning. We had been doing a series on the Minor Prophets and their warnings for the divided kingdoms of Israel. It would have been easy to link these warnings to our present day situation and moral decline in our world today. As I prayed about my lesson and what I would say, the Lord gave me these simple words, “Nothing has changed.” The job we had on the Thursday before the ruling is still the same as it was 1 minute after the ruling. Our security, peace, and our real home had not changed one bit. As I mentioned in my devotional, this is not our home because we are aliens in a foreign land. Maybe today, for those of us who still believe in the biblical God ordained covenant of marriage, we look just a little more alien and different to those who make this their home.

Be encouraged today by Jesus words from His sermon on the mount.
Matthew 5:3-4 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

For those of us that recognize we are spiritually bankrupt apart from Christ’s redemptive work, we are promised the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven. For those of us who are grieved by the rapid moral decline of the world, be comforted by His Spirit. I would much rather inherit the kingdom of heaven than this fallen world. I would much rather be comforted by my Father than through the temporary excitements and pleasures of this world.

Remember, for those whose hope is in the Lord and redemptive work of Jesus, this is not our home. We are aliens, passing through, here to do the Master’s bidding by sharing the good news of the Gospel and to show His Love to those around us.

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About David Jones

David is a Memphis native and lives with his wife of 25 years and two children. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. He has worked in mental health for over 30 years with adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. For the past 15 years David’s primary focus has been working with men and their spouses in intensive sexual addiction workshops.

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