There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Hi there! My name’s Mike, and Postcards From The Borderland (formerly The Joy Pursuit) is the home of my thoughts and musings about the intersection between faith, life, and culture.
The Christian life, caught up in the “now-and-not-yet” of our salvation in Christ, occupies something of a borderland. We are caught in the tension between now and the future, our temporary residence here and our eternal home in heaven, walking as “foreigners and exiles” on the earth (1 Peter 2:11, NIV). We are pilgrims in the world, this world that God is in the grand process of redeeming, restoring, and renewing according to His purposes of salvation.
The Christian life, then, is a tale of two cities, the Heavenly city touching this world, the Kingdom of God invading earth. We are citizens of heaven on earth, people both of this age and the age to come, called to partner with God in His work of transforming this world according to His purposes. We occupy the here-and-now of this time and this place, and yet, “[i]n this world we are like Jesus” (1 John 4:17, NIV).
So this is not all there is. We live in eager longing for the “better country,” for heaven to come to earth in all its fullness, for the day when “creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21, NIV). So we live in tension. We occupy a paradox, as people saved and justified, but awaiting the day when the Kingdom comes in all its fullness. The author of Hebrews, speaking of the great examples of faith in the Hebrew Bible, captures this great tension when he says, “they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16, NIV).
The short thoughts, reflections, and musings on this blog are my “postcards from the borderland”: the borderland between heaven and earth, our temporary home and our eternal one. My prayer is that they offer some encouragement to you, even as I use this space to verbally process my own journey of faith in writing.
Sola Deo gloria – Glory to God alone!