v 11. Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
Whatever goes on in our daily experience of life, most of us (if not all!) become aware at times that we are engaged in some kind of inner battle. We are indeed “temporary residents and foreigners” and therefore find ourselves out of kilter with the culture that surrounds us. We acknowledge to ourselves that we do not share the driving ambitions, desires, hopes and dreams that pervade society at large. How often we have looked at the adverts and the TV programmes, or listened in to conversations going on around us, and have said to ourselves that we are not at home amongst them. We may live here physically but our citizenship, our real home base, is heavenly, and the differences are significant. The pressure is on us to conform to what can be seen as reality around us. The nuts and bolts of home and cars, the lure of holidays that promise to satisfy us and the apparently ‘essential’ ingredients of a delicious meal all pander to the earthbound ‘ME’. They point us away from spiritual reality and divert us into wanting to satisfy our physical needs.
This is not to say we should become monks or nuns in a closed order and be hidden away from general society, but rather that we find a holy balance between our life on earth and our walk through life with God. We learn to inhabit a heavenly culture – and make no mistake, that can be a bit of a battle! So how are you getting on with it?