Today’s Readings: Leviticus 24-25
It is hard to live as a pilgrim when you have a lot of stuff. Not only is it difficult to carry everything, it is also hard to avoid the temptation to settle down and get comfortable. Yet, most of us spend our time buying clothes, furniture, electronics and cocktails, without a thought about our calling to live as “foreigners and strangers”  on this earth.
To fulfill His promise, God gave land to His people. Although they could farm it and use its produce however they wanted, they were to observe a Sabbath Year every seventh year and a Year of Jubilee every fiftieth year. During those years, they were not permitted to sow or reap the land. Nevertheless, He would care for them: “You may ask, ‘What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?’ I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years” . As they observed these years of rest, they were to set their sights on a permanent rest that remained . No matter how many earthly blessings He had given them, He wanted them to know that this was not their home and they were not to trust in its temporary provisions.
Regarding pilgrim mentality, Jonathan Edwards wrote, “This world is not our abiding place … It was never designed by God that this world should be our home … If we spend our lives in the pursuit of a temporal happiness; as riches or sensual pleasures; credit and esteem from men; delight in our children … All these things will be of little significancy to us. Death will blow up all our hopes, and will put an end to these enjoyments” . Rather, he argued, “The future was designed to be our settled and everlasting abode … Our state in the future world, therefore, being eternal, is of so much greater importance than our state here, that all our concerns in this world should be wholly subordinated to it” .
Lord, We confess that, although we long to be in Your presence, our lives and pocketbooks rarely are changed by that longing. Show us how to accumulate heavenly treasures, as we joyfully give to others and lightly hold our tenancies . Give us firm understandings of our heavenly citizenships so that we have courage to live as pilgrims. Amen.
 Leviticus 24:23 NIV 2011. See also 1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13-14; Matthew 6:19; Mark 10:21; Luke 6:20; Luke 14:33; Luke 18:25; Luke 12:15 (“life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”); Matthew 6:33 (“seek first his kingdom and righteousness”); Luke 12:33 (“a treasure in heaven that will not wear out”); Luke 19:8-9; Matthew 13:44; Luke 21:1; Luke 12:20-21; Luke 9:58 (“the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”); Romans 12:1-2 (“do not conform to the pattern of this world”); John 17:15-16. See also Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle, Multnomah Press, 2001, p. 8 (noting that fifteen percent of everything Christ said related to money and possessions). |  It had to be three years because, if they did not sow or reap, they had to have three years for the cycle. |  See Hebrews 11:10 NIV 2011 (“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”) |  Jonathan Edwards, The Christian Pilgrim. |  Id. |  Since God is owner over everything, we are tenants, not owners. We are only owners in relation to one another. In relation to Him, we are tenants. See The Parable of the Tenants, Matthew 21:33-41.