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Christians: we tend to have a perspective problem.
We have misunderstood eternity to be the epilogue that follows our life on earth, when our life on earth is actually just the prologue to eternity.
This weekend, my pastor, Trevor Atwood, preached on Matthew 6:11, which is the part of the Lord’s Prayer that says, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
The “daily bread” that God provides is not the fullness of all that is good in life. “Daily bread” is not the fulfillment of every good promise of God. “Daily bread” is the presence of God we need to fuel us in our journey en route to his eternal presence.
“Daily bread” is like a greasy Whopper to get us by in our car on the way home to a delicious home-cooked meal with our family.
When we pray, and as we live out our lives on earth, we often want “daily bread” to be more than God promises it to be.
We expect the “daily bread” that’s meant to fuel our journey home to be a home-cooked feast.
It’s not just that we’re too impatient to wait for the feast until we get home. It’s that we have forgotten where our home is.
We’ve become content living out of our cars no matter what joy awaits us when we get home. We’ve become content making our earthly lives our home no matter what glory awaits us in eternity.
The temptation of the temporary has led us to sacrifice the hope of eternity on the altar of the present.
Nothing has been more clear to me this election season than this: Christians, we have forgotten where our home is.
Today is election day in the United States.
Regardless of what happens today, the United States is not our home; it is the land to which we have been sent as ambassadors of the kingdom of God to tell others that no country can be home like the kingdom of God can be.
God help us if we, his ambassadors, have mistaken the land to which we have been sent as our home and forgotten about the kingdom from which we have been sent.
The United States Ambassador to Germany does not call Germany home. For if Germany is his home, he is no longer an ambassador of a foreign nation—he is simply a resident of Germany, the country to which he was sent.
May we not mistake the United States as our home and forget the home which has sent us here.
No matter who wins the election, our King still sits on his throne.
As you watch election coverage tonight and as you process the results tomorrow, do so as one who does not belong here.
View the United States election results as an ambassador in a foreign land, not as one who calls this place home, because ultimately, you don’t.
Do not be tempted to despair by the tyranny of the temporary. Take heart in the hope of the eternal.
Your king is still on his throne, no matter who is elected leader of the country to which you are an ambassador.