June 10, 2021
By: Gabriel Tseng

What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. -1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Making mountains out of molehills is the expression I heard when I would worry or be anxious. In the moment, this was likely not the most helpful in my particular situation, but I give credit to God for a timely word in an untimely moment that has continued to stay with me. From an unbelieving background, it was an amazing moment to have a new Father, a new God, and a new life. It seemed all the riches of a new world were graciously bestowed and that I was essentially playing with house money. Having a background in which we did need to pinch pennies at times, a poverty mentality had set in that we might lose even the little that we did have. To have the glorious riches of Him now and called to be a good steward, I immediately went to work, knowing that if I lived with the intention of glorifying Him, He wouldn’t chastise me for my effort. I would be chastised for not exercising more wisdom, but I was rarely corrected for having the wrong heart. This was amazing. 

Paul’s words to the Corinthians echo to me in that there was quite a bit of infighting and discussion at this church. Pastor Jonna had mentioned in a sermon about “purple churches,” a mix of blue and red, democratic and republican ideals. I suppose each church and organisation has its own personal touch that I had no name for. But amidst their fervent discussions about many practical matters, Paul boiled even marriage, happiness, and our very lives down to holding lightly to this world and our own sense of securities in this life. In times of terrible uncertainty, in which life is full of, big and small, having a sense of adventure with the Lord seems to be good wisdom. 

This world is not our home. We are ambassadors, Paul mentions in previous chapters, of reconciliation, between God and man, and between one another, made in the imago dei. This life, as joyous and comforting at times it can be, is not our home. The term ambassador is a term that is a temporary placement in a foreign land. We have a mission there, but all that we have in that foreign land does not ultimately belong to us and as such, we can not take with us when we are recalled by our King back home. Homesickness or Heavensickness is a godly discontent. We will desire for things to be right and perfect. Those ideals are baked into the very person we are. As we are discontented in this world, allow the Holy Spirit to turn our attention towards Heaven, to hold loosely, to even marriage in which is the most intimate or precious in this life, or our very lives, to be spent for Him. For although it is a great thing to leave a legacy, what that legacy consists of, perhaps, we are to consider what may be far better than commodities or material, is that which is eternal. Precious souls, fruit of the Spirit, those dear things which are of eternal value, allow these things to shape who we are, as ambassadors in this world, knowing our time is short, but with a generous God calling us to steward all that He has entrusted to us. 

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