1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, PASS THE TIME OF YOUR SOJOURNING HERE in fear:
When Jesus walked the Earth, His disciples had to keep up with Him. If they were to stay close, they had to choose to leave the life they lived without Him, and go wherever He would go. The life God intended us to live is nothing less than an adventure that begins the moment we chose to follow Him. We’ve been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God to live the abundant life with Jesus. Since we call God our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ we ought to pass our short time here as if we were dwelling in a strange land or sojourning here in the reverential fear of the Lord.
When we respond to His calling us, it is to be a sojourner and to relinquish the security of being a settler. To follow Him is to choose forever to be an alien and a stranger in this world or as 1 Peter 2:11 calls us strangers (foreigners) and pilgrims (resident foreigners). We are just passing through. We will never be a permanent resident of this planet we know as Earth. Our citizenship is in Heaven. Perhaps many of our anxieties are related to our trying to be permanent settlers here on Earth instead of temporary residents.
We start as new creations in Christ and are to walk in newness of life. Our God can do new things in our life every day. If everything has become old, stale, boring, and the “same ole, same ole” drudgery perhaps we’re the ones who have stopped the adventure and have become settlers instead of sojourners. A new thing from God, a New Year, can unfold as we shift our attitude to being a sojourner instead of a settler.
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.