Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara…
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to The Father must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Like the great men and women of faith in the past, all Christians (even of mustard-seed-sized faith) are strangers (that is, “foreigners”) and pilgrims (that is, “travelers just passing through”) on the Earth.
Where we are headed is cessation of ‘Time’. Here on Earth, we live in time – a concept of Earth (The seen). The unseen is not of time.
Spiritually there are seasons. The word for “times” (Greek chronos: Strong’s #5550) refers to the general time frame of events in God’s plan, whereas the word for “seasons” (Greek kairos: Strong’s #2540) carries the meaning of fixed or special occasions (as in its usage in the phrase “a time, times and half a time”, Revelation 12:14).
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven: … A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
And we pray:
O Father, You have chosen us out of the world to Yourself, and we are of a Heavenly nation though living on the Earth. We are foreigners to those who do not know you, and our ways from you are foreign, strange, and offensive to them. We are also pilgrims, for this world is not our permanent home. Help us to live for You in the midst of a strange and hostile land, always remembering our true country is above. Amen.