At the beginning of each year I ask God to give me a word that will describe the coming year. This year my word was “adventure.” I wasn’t too keen on that word because adventure can be good or bad, and I asked Him to give me a different word, but He didn’t, until now. Adventure will still be the description, but He has given me a word that describes the type of adventure; it’s sojourner. It makes perfect sense! The Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary gives it this meaning: an alien alongside, that is, a resident foreigner: - pilgrim, stranger. As Christians, we can all be described in this way, being we are ambassadors representing Heaven for Jesus. It’s not comfortable being a sojourner, but that’s what we are. As sojourners in this world, and as representatives of Jesus, we must abstain from the passions of this world, because those passions wage war against our soul. Keep your conduct honorable, even if they call your love for Jesus evil. Remember, this is our temporary home; we are just resident aliens.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:11-12