The book of Revelation frequently uses the phrase “earth-dwellers” to describe non-Christians, sometimes translating it “those who dwell upon the earth.” These are people who are focused on the “hear and now.” They love themselves and the things of this present world. They are worldly and indeed this planet (earth) is their home. They are “earth dwellers”….and they will soon perish.
The Bible contrasts such people with another group known as Christians. Unlike “earth dwellers” Christians consider their life on earth to be a pilgrimage through which they must pass before entering their true home in Heaven. The Apostle Paul wrote of this, saying: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20 NASB) The King James translates the verse “our conversation” is in Heaven. The idea being that our life, our business, and our real home is not on this earth, but rather it is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, whom we now eagerly await and long to be with.
So where is your true home? In all honesty, can you say that you would prefer to be with Christ right now as opposed to living on this planet? Or are you so in love with the temporal that you’ve largely ignored the eternal? Make no mistake, if this world holds your heart’s desires, then a guaranteed disappointment awaits your future. One day this life will end, and whatever you have been clinging to will be forever lost. But if what you’re daily clinging to is the Lord Jesus Christ, and you see this life as passing, then eternal glory will await you when this transient life is over.
Certainly there are things about this world that you love, and there are things in this life that God wants you to do. But be careful of anything that starts making you feel too “at home” in this world. If Christ is your Lord, then earth is not your home. If Christ is not your Lord, then you may embrace earth, and when this life ends you will have no choice but to embrace Hell as well.
Repent and place your faith in Christ as Lord. Commit your life to Jesus and embrace a new path which leads beyond this dying planet. Earth-dwellers are sure to perish; but those whose citizenship is in Heaven will one day go there and forever rejoice with the Lord whom they love.