Pilgrim’s Progress

Dec
2013
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Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the gentiles that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:11-12).

In writing to believers, Apostle Peter reminds us of a key fact about our Christian life that we are pilgrims (strangers, visitors, and travellers) to the world. We are only passing through to a final destination, the presence of our glorious king in heaven. On this spiritual journey, we function as heaven’s ambassadors to the world and are called to bring glory & honour to the God of heaven through a life of integrity and good works. Every believer worth the call must live with eternity in view and a daily consciousness that someday we shall return to our home on high!

Peter further draws our attention to the fact that in addition to the external wars we fight with principalities and powers (Eph 6:10-13), we also fight a more internal war – the war that fleshly lusts and inordinate passions (carnality, worldliness) wage for our very souls and against the control of the Holy Spirit over our lives. Carnality means that a believer walks after the flesh and manifests as jealousy, pride, filthy conversation, and other deliberate wrong doings (the works of the flesh, Gal 5:19-21). Entanglement with worldliness would make a believer ineffective and if unchecked can lead to outright falling away from faith; this is why the Christian pilgrim should make holiness a lifestyle.

Like the pilgrim in John Bunyan’s classical book (and film) “Pilgrim’s progress” who encountered many challenges along his path but ended gloriously, even so we must be assured of victory in all of life’s challenges, through Christ we guides and strengthens us. Like saints who have gone before us, (the likes of Daniel, Paul, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) Christian pilgrims must remain devout and committed to pleasing the author and Finisher of our faith.

We are more than conquerors

Pastors Marcus & Norah Chilaka

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