The MessageBy PASTOR LUIS CARTAGENA,
We Are Pilgrims
When God created human beings he made us in his image and likeness. “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’” (Genesis 1:26a ESV) In other words, he created the perfect man but, everything changed after the original sin. Although our Heavenly Father and Creator had put our own DNA in each of us, the natural desire of humans is to live outside of what God planned for us. That’s why when things do not go according to what we want, we get frustrated and live discontented. Total happiness was possible only when we were untouched by sin, but disobedience punished them, and all of us, and distanced us from total happiness.
There is spiritual genetic information within each of us, but only those who have let the Holy Spirit live inside will be able to know what full joy means. Since that original sin, men in general have been looking for happiness in the material world. Few realize that the world without God will never give to him that for which he was created. That is the origin of most of the frustrations and depressions that are suffered today in an unbelieving society. Those who have not desired or received the Holy Spirit will definitely never experience true happiness, they can only have moments of perishable happiness. “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from passions of the flesh, which wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11 ESV)
We all seek some kind of pleasure, and those who do not know the Holy Spirit live their lives looking for what the carnal and material can provide, but it is a mistake that has consequences. We were created to enjoy communion with the Trinitarian God, for Him and for His Glory. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” ( Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV)
Since man’s fall he has been doing evil not only with others but also with the environment that God provided us. Many think that there are traditions in the Church that must be maintained, but few have thought whether God himself wants us to keep them. In a digital age where everything is spread very easily through the social network it is vital to be very careful with the messages that are being revealed, and this includes the whole church whose members are easily influenced by perverse politicians.
We must be aware that it is important to have more membership in our temples but, perhaps more important, is the example we are spreading by placing too much emphasis on material luxury. We forget that Jesus did not leave us that model, but He left us a testimony of humility, wisdom and simplicity that apparently few are willing to follow.
We are pilgrims on earth and God knows this very well, and for this he has left us messages that are revealed in the Word. Compared to eternity we are all young. The Holy Spirit has no age, and if we give our pilgrimage on earth to Him, our behaviors can always be young and active, full of peace and joy that only our Father can give us. Let our bodies age but not our commitment to the Lord. We are pilgrims in our bodies but not our souls.
May God bless you.