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Pilgrims On A Journey

Posted by Jason on November 21, 2016 at 11:40 AM

When you walk through the halls of your local elementary school this time of year, you see Thanksgiving decorations that include pilgrims, indians, turkeys and fallen leaves.  I love this time of year.  


When you look back to the founding of this country you find that America's earliest settlers were called pilgrims.  By definition a pilgrim is a person that journeys to a sacred place for religious purposes. The word pilgrim used as a verb means to travel or wander.


This word pilgrim can also been found in the Bible as a description of Christians that are on a journey, travelling to a sacred place, a holy city in heaven.  If you are a Christian, this planet is not your home.  You are simply here for a short period of time, travelling through on a journey to glory land. 

1 Peter 2:9–12 (NKJV)

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

 

11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.


 

In this passage there are a few characteristics of a pilgrim:

1. Pilgrims - They travel from afar, they have come a great distance.

If you are a born again Christian, you are a pilgrim and have travelled from afar.  God has brought you out of the dark and into the light.  You have went from being seperated from God by your sin nature, to being reconcilled to God by the blood of Jesus Christ.  You were lost, now you are found.  You have come a great distance, all by the power of God.


2. Pilgrims - They are recipients of divine guidance.

A pilgrim that is on a journey is not without help.  When a person places their faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live within them.  The Holy Spirit is our teacher, helper and guide.  He guides us into not only where we should go, but also how we should live.  In coming to Christ we, as pilgrims, are the recipients of divine guidance.  So, you are not alone on this journey.  God is with you and He will direct your path.  See Proverbs 3:5-6


3. Pilgrims - Their destination is not only a real place, but it is highly spiritual.

America's early pilgrims were looking to come to this country in order to worship God freely in spirit and in truth.  Their goal in coming to America was highly spiritual.  Our goal as we travel through this life is that one day our temporary lives down here will be over and we will cross over into glory land which is highly spiritual.  We know this life on earth is temporary and not our destination.  Our destination is heaven and it is highly spiritual because God is seated on His throne there.


This time of year we thank God for so many things.  We thank God for His blessings, our family and our country.  We also thank God that we have this opportunity to be a spiritual pilgrim like Peter was talking about in his epistle.  As pilgrims let us abstain from the fleshly lusts that war against our souls (v11),  let us have conduct that is honorable among the lost (v12), and let us have good works that will point the lost to Jesus Christ (v12).  


Pilgrim, as you travel toward heaven following Jesus Christ, may many lost people encounter your witness and call on Jesus as their Savior and Lord. 


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