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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 12: Onlooker


At times I feel like an

ONLOOKER~

Non-participant

Spectator

Bystander.

As I am part of something,

but not really

because I am not really part of

where I am placed.

Being an ONLOOKER

makes me feel lonely.

It makes me feel unimportant.

It makes me feel unconnected.

BUT GOD then reminds me that

aren't we all

ONLOOKERS~

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims,

abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (I Peter 2:11).

I realize that I am an

ONLOOKER,

a

SOJOURNER,

because

this is not my home~

"BUT [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven.

And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the SAVIOR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST; who, by exerting that power which enables HIM even to subject everything to HIMSELF,

will [not only] transform [but completely refashion]

our earthly bodies so that they will be like

HIS glorious resurrected body"*

Even though I know I am an

ONLOOKER,

it doesn't make it easier to live as one,

BUT GOD has equipped me and all

the

ONLOOKERS

with all we need to journey together through

LIFE,

as Paul has instructed us~

"Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being CHRISTLIKE] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection]

for which CHRIST JESUS took hold of me and made me HIS own.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet;

but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,

I press on toward the goal to

win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of GOD in CHRIST JESUS.

All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude.

And if in any respect you have a different attitude,

that too GOD will make clear to you.

Only let us stay true to what we have already attained" *((Philippians 3:12-15; 20-21 AMP)

So being an

ONLOOKER isn't so bad

when you know where your real home is,

and that we are just passing through

because

this world is not

"WHERE I BELONG"



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