PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
‘They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.’ Psalms 84:7 NIV
The great boxer Muhammad Ali once said, ‘What keeps me going is goals.’ He’s right; our motivation for doing something is nearly always the prize we receive at the end. Jesus didn’t beat around the bush when He appealed to these desires in us, with massive size and scope: He promises ‘treasure in heaven’ (Matthew 6:19).
But to get them, we’re to live boldly for God here in the world. That means going from strength to strength in our living out of what God asks us to do, here. Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 9 v24-27, too. He says that we’re to keep our eyes fixed on the prize of where God and His people are - so, Heaven - and run with all our might toward it.
As we live for Him, there are two things that keep us going: joyful remembering and hopeful looking forward. That’s what pilgrims used to do, back in the day when pilgrimages were a popular way of expressing your faith in God. They’d trundle along from place to place, acting out journeys across countries while praying, as a helpful way of picturing what a life on earth that leans into heaven is all about: remembering Christ, letting Him be known, and looking forwards.
Treat your day like a pilgrimage. As you go about your day and come across whatever’s wrong with it, remind yourself that you have the sure hope of heaven. Let that motivate you to do bold, good works for God. And if you’re up for a bigger challenge, today, measure what you would do for the Lord — by what you actually do.