For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever felt like an alien? Being an alien usually comes with an uncomfortable feeling that you don’t belong in a particular situation or place. When we are in a situation where everyone else seems at home, but we don’t, there is the natural tendency to withdraw within ourselves. But being an alien (or alienated from something) isn’t something new.
Nearly 100 times in the Old Testament, aliens (or Gentile foreigners from other nations) are spoken of in terms of their relationship to Israel. But when we get to the New Testament, we discover that Christians are referred to as aliens in two different ways. First, we are the aliens (Gentiles) referred to in the Old Testament who are now aliens “no longer” but fellow citizens of the kingdom with believing Jews (Ephesians 2:19). Secondly, all the body of Christ is referred to as aliens—strangers, sojourners, and pilgrims (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11)—on this earth. Why? Because our true citizenship is in heavenly places.
If you ever feel uncomfortable in this world, a bit out of place, you should—because this world is not your home.
This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.
Traditional gospel song