I woke this morning with a strong awareness of my own place in this world.
I woke from a deep sleep with a desire to pray for the homeless.

Like many Americans facing tough economic times, my home was lost in 2010 to foreclosure.
Today, I am facing unemployment, no health insurance for my kids, and no steady income.
But that is not the kind of poverty or homelessness that woke me from my sleep.

There are people living in the streets with nothing but the clothes on their back to shelter them from the cold,
And while their plight should be met with compassion,
That is not the kind of homelessness that woke me from my sleep.

There are 2.5 Billion Christians worldwide.
The Scripture says that every one of us is homeless.

We are strangers among the nations.
We are aliens in a foreign land.
We are hobos until our King returns.

I woke this morning with a desire to live my life like the homeless vagabond I am called to be.

1 Peter 2:11

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (NIV)

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (NLT)

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (ESV)

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. (NASB)

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (KJV)

Image Use

The image for this post is an original work based on the painting “Hobo and Dog” by Normal Rockwell (1924). The image represents all God’s people, homeless in the Universe, awaiting the return of our God and King.
The Petra song, “Not of this World” makes for a great soundtrack for this post and image. If you are too young to remember this group, do yourself a favor and download this song or the entire album.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ YouTube 

Related Post

Pin It on Pinterest