Are You an Alien — Or Do You Belong Here?

The Bible sometimes calls the followers of Jesus, aliens*.  This seems like a strange and insulting label.  An alien is someone who doesn’t belong, an outsider.  In common usage, an alien is from another country, but jumping to the world of sci-fi, an alien is from another world or alternate existence.

Is this starting to come into focus?  If we follow Jesus, we don’t belong here; we are just passing through to the home that awaits us in heaven.

We are indeed aliens — but do we act like it?  Acting like aliens means we have a different focus, different goals, and different priorities.  It means we are different and people should see that difference.

Are you an alien — or do you belong here?

* See Ephesians 2:19, Hebrews 11:13, and 1 Peter 2:11; some translations use words like exiles, migrants, strangers, and temporary residents.  The Message uses the phrase, “this world is not your home.”

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