Journey to the West. (pp.5-14) Jiang Long finds himself alone in the Tulsa International Airport, 8,000 miles away from home. His new faith in God is strengthened by the help of a friendly tennis coach. God truly provides.
Key Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:17 “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”
- How do we know there is a God?
- Who is the True God?
- Do I (or does God) control my destiny?
- What does it mean for a Christian to live a life of holiness as a stranger on earth?
As an American citizen having been born in China, I will forever be different from the cultural norm. But I don’t want that difference to simply come from a different physical appearance or accent. I want my main difference to be my belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As a “stranger,” I believe I have been sent to this land with a special calling from God – to help bring this American culture back to a whole new focus on holiness relating to God’s “strangers in the world.”
As God’s chosen people, we are to live like “strangers” in this world! What separates us from the world is Christ in us. This mystery of God is what completely changes our perspectives on thought (set your hearts and minds on things above) and attitude towards living on earth. The world looks at our outside, but God look at our inside. We have a whole new perspective on life in that though we live in this world, like everybody else, we’re IN this world, but we are not OF this world. We are citizens of heaven, traveling through this earth as “strangers.”