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This World Is Not My Home (3 of 4)
Series: The Treasure Principle
OPEN: A preacher named Ray Stedman traveled across the country for a week of meetings. The only problem was, his baggage didn't make it. He needed a couple of suits so he went down to the local thrift shop.
When he told the salesman, ''I'd like to get a couple of suits,'' the man smiled, led him to a whole rack of them and said, ''Good, we've got several. But you need to know they came from the local mortuary. They've all been cleaned and pressed, but they were used on stiffs. Not a thing wrong with 'em. I just didn't want that to bother you.''
Stedman said, ''No, that's fine.'' He tried a few of the suits on and finally bought two of them for about $25 dollars each.
When he got back to this his room, he began to get dressed for the evening's meetings. As he put one on, he tried to put his hands in the pockets, but couldn't. Both sides were all sewn up! The suits looked as if they had pockets, but they were just flaps on the coat. He thought about that for a second. ''Of course! Dead people don't carry stuff with 'em when they die.''
He later admitted: ''I spent all week trying to stick my hands in my pockets. I had to hang my keys on my belt.'' Charles R. Swindoll, ''Living Above The Level of Mediocrity''
APPLY: There's an old song I love to sing - ''This World Is Not My Home''
''This World Is Not My Home, I'm Just a Passing Thru
My Treasures Are Laid Up, Somewhere Beyond the Blue
The Angels Beckon Me From Heaven's Open Door
And I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore.''
That song was based on the Scripture we're looking at today. The writer of Hebrews lists 4 of the greatest heroes of the Old Testament and then in vs.13 (look there with me):
''All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and s ...
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