Christians are wayfarers, journeymen, on the road going toward home. This earth is not our home. There are wonderful inns along the road, but these are not our homes.
Once our hearts seek a permanence for the things of this world, our hearts, then our minds, then our spirits stray from our true destination—heaven.
Speaking of the world does not mean people in a general term nor does the world refer to this earth and the universe. After all, this would be Gnostic calling what is good (creation) evil. Matter is not evil.
Nor is this wayfaring an act of escapism. Escapism would lead to permanent removal from others. But the greatest commands are love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul; love your neighbor as yourself.
But since we are on the road, we meet many along the way and our command, our mission is to point others to where this road is leading. It is not a meaningless journey, but one of eternal life in union with our creator.
When Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” he was not lying. The only way to make it through this journey of difficulty, suffering, loss, and hardship with joy is in Christ Jesus. Christ’s life exemplifies this journey on the road.
Along the way, Christ gathered many to him. He taught, he preached, he healed, he delivered. He cut to the heart of every person he encountered. He said very difficult things, which people rejected and then rejected him. Finally, Christ was betrayed, bound, and put to death.
This life is full of suffering. Yet, we have the way, the truth, and the life, who went before us on this road and caused salvation for those who believed in Him and followed him (through His resurrection). This road of suffering leads to eternal life in union with God—the eternal, good, righteous one.
The Christian's mission is to follow Christ on this road. To use the gifts and talents God has given that person for the glory of God. We are given certain talents, gifts, circumstances, etc. It is what we do with our time that matters.
We are to live life boldly along this journey—through this difficult, enormously difficult road. We are to follow Christ who has paved the way before us with all of our mind, heart, spirit—soul—our whole being. Let us strive to live humbly and with purity of heart as we follow our leader.
The road goes ever on…our destination causes the Christian to open up a glimpse of the world to come—uniting—in some way, heaven and earth. We are exiles awaiting our flight to our true home, but in the meantime we do the best we can with what God gives us and to God’s glory.