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Monday, June 20, 2011

A Wanderer and a Vagabond

By Bryan Kirby

Jesus said, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" (Matthew 8:20). When we decide to follow Jesus, we become a wanderer through the world that we are living in right now. This is not the place that we should consider our home. There might be houses and places where we are more comfortable, but none of them are truly home to the Christian. Our only home, the place we will truly call rest, is heaven.

Here are some signs that we are becoming too comfortable in the world: we talk like the world, we dress like the world, we think like the world, we have the morality of the world and the people of the world mistake us for one of their own. I’m not suggesting that we go out into the world and look to make enemies, but we do have to be enough of a wanderer and a vagabond for people to notice a distinct difference between the place we are living in now and the place that we call home. Remember what the song says: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world any more.”

- Bryan Kirby preaches for the Goodwood Boulevard church of Christ in Baton Rouge, LA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at

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