This World Is Not Our Home – We Are Just Passing Through


So often Christians fall into the confines of this world’s values and strive toward earthly goals. We endeavour to reach the peak of our careers; we budget our money and invest a chunk of every pay into various funds for our retirement; and we even collect valuable possessions to feel the status of success. We believe that these accomplishments are the things that fulfill our purpose in life, and so they are worth the struggle and the endurance. But this thinking is wrong.

This world is not our home; we are just passing through.

The pressures to meet the material goals of this world have caused many Christians to believe that they need to struggle to achieve them in order to be successful, but this is not a prerequisite set out by God.  He tells us to keep our eyes on Heaven and to not make earth our treasure.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” … Matthew 6:19

Our accomplishments are nothing that we’ve earned or collected here on earth, and our purpose in life should not be focused on getting them. Our eyes, our hearts and our values should all be on Jesus and what HE has done for us, and our goal and our focus should be on Him and on our home in eternity with Him. The rewards that we look forward to are not earthly, but will be given to us by Jesus when we get to Heaven and they will last forever.

Many scriptures are taken out of context – and deliberately by some well-known preachers who use them to claim a prosperous life here on earth. We quote scriptures like Psalm 37:4 that says we can have the desires of our heart and we look for earthly riches because we think that this is what God wants for us. Many of us believe that it’s our right as Christians to own the wealth on earth – and so it’s what we live for.

We use other scriptures like Revelations 5:10 that says we are kings and priests and that we shall reign on the earth, but we take that scripture out of context and expect it now. We declare that we are entitled to all that God has, his hills of a thousand cattle, because we are His children. We take the concept of faith and abuse it as a tool to try to employ God to make us wealthy.

Doesn’t God want us to be happy? Does He want us to live in poverty? Not at all. God wants us to have a fulfilling life on earth and He does not want us to be poor. He says in 3 John 1:2 that it is His will for us to prosper and be in health.

So is the Bible contradicting itself? No, the Bible does not change or compromise its truth. We are the ones who change it to suit our own selfish and unrighteous desires. When our heart lives for Jesus and our goal is to serve Him, He provides these things for us. We don’t need to scheme to get them or to make them our quest as a Christian.

Our home is in Heaven. Jesus says in John 14:2,” In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” What a wonderful promise! Jesus is in Heaven and He’s made homes for each of us there so we can live through eternity with Him.

This world, on the other hand, is coming to its end and has become a target for destruction. 4701911204_6fda84b3bb_mWe don’t need to look far to see that it’s is falling apart; that crime, poverty and natural disasters are growing astronomically, and that diseases and starvation have become epidemic nightmares around the globe.  Even our authorities agree that things are getting worse here by the day. And rightly so because Jesus tells us that we are living in the last days of earth’s existence.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.”  … 2 Timothy 3:1.

 The earth is not going to get better; it will continue downhill until God destroys it.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” … Matthew 24:5

While we’re still here, though, we have a purpose to fulfill as Christians, and that is to encourage and support each other and to be witnesses to the world of God’s grace through Jesus our Saviour. Our lives should reflect God so when people see us they see the character and the Spirit of God in us. How do we do that? By the way we act and react to situations; by the way we give God all the praise and glory for being our Lord and our help when we need help (Psalm 9:9); and by the way we live our lives and show that Jesus is our reason for living and that our wealth is not in earthly possessions, but in the eternal life He has prepared for us.

We cannot put our hope and our purpose in earthly riches. We can’t take them with us as they belong to this world. Mark 10:24 says, “… But Jesus answered again and said to them, ‘Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!’” If we cling to the possessions of this world, we will die just like Lot’s wife died when God led his family out of Gomorrah. She looked back in sadness because her heart was in that city and its possessions, and not with the Lord.

We can enjoy the good things that this world has to offer, but we CANNOT be attached to them; they CANNOT be our reason for living or our goals for this life. Why? Because when we are attached and when we live to collect these possessions, they become a god to us, and what does the Bible say about that?

“You shall have no other gods before me.” … Deuteronomy 5:7

It’s a very fine line that separates the natural instinct of setting up a nice home for our family and wanting only the best and most expensive possessions for our personal comfort and social status. God says in Isaiah 32:18, “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” He wants us to have a good home to live in here, and He wants us to be healthy and He even wants to give us the desires of our heart.

All these things are ours because He loves us and we love Him. We are not part of this world anymore and we don’t depend upon this world to survive – we depend on Him for everything. When we make Heaven our goal and our home to look forward to, the things we have here are simply needs or desires to get us through this journey. Yes, they may be nice things, but they are not our reason for living or our reason to want to stay here. We are not attached to them.

Our hearts are free to enjoy them or to give them away; we share what we have with other Christians so that we all are part of God’s blessing, and we help those in need, which in turn shows Jesus to a hurting world. And when we do, we are blessed. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”

549554_723795780979158_650624426_nWe shouldn’t spend our time, money or thoughts on making this world our permanent home, but while we’re here God promises to supply all of our needs.  He says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” When we put Him first, He blesses us.

This world is not our home. It’s a battlefield where the devil is trying to steal, kill and destroy anyone and everyone so he can keep them from knowing God. Our commission as Christians is to arm ourselves in the Word and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can share the gospel with people and win souls for Christ. And we can do this because Heaven is our home; Heaven is our goal; and Heaven is where Jesus is and where we want to be.

This world is not our home; we are just passing through.


In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

John 14:1-3


15 thoughts on “This World Is Not Our Home – We Are Just Passing Through

  1. I’m not a christian & i don’t know too much about religions. But I heard the word ” this world is not our home; we are just passing through.”. I really love that & appreciate. But I can’t find out who wrote or say this. Matthew ? Please reply me if possible. Thanks.


    • Hi Kevin. I can’t find the phrase in the Bible; it’s the conclusion that Christians draw after studying the New Testament and realizing that Jesus came to earth from Heaven and that if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior then we, too, will go to Heaven when we leave this earth. There are many passages where Jesus makes this reference: John 6:14, John 6:51, John 8:23 – (Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees), John 12:25, John 13:1, John 18:36, Romans 12:2 – (Paul tells us not to be conformed to this world). During the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He spoke often that He’d come from Heaven to redeem the lost and that He’d be killed as a ransom for their sins, and that He would make a home in Heaven for those who accept Him and love Him. The actual phrase that you’re referring to is a conclusion that Christians bring forth to emphasize that this world is not the end all beat all for life, but that there is something better and eternal for those who love Jesus. Yes, we can enjoy life on earth, but there is something much better coming for those who love Jesus, and it will be life eternal with no more sickness, no more tears and no more sin. (Rev.21:4). You said that you’re not a Christian, but I hope that you’ll read the New Testament and see that Jesus is everything we say He is, and that if you would accept Him as the One who took all of sin and sickness upon Himself at the cross, that you would see the truth, because the truth will set you free.


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    • I agree that we are to focus on our salvation and continually praise God for saving us. Our bodies are essential to us because God created them for us to live in on this earth. But the world that operates this earth is coming to an end because Jesus will soon return to rule over it as King. So we are no longer part of this world that we live in now because God has redeemed us from it and made us citizens of His Kingdom. We are passing through this world that’s under the devil’s control and will one day live freely when God returns to earth.


    • I’m not sure if this is your rather sad attempt at humor or if you really feel this way, but regardless, Jesus is very real and it would be good if you could change your mindset to learn that for yourself. Then you will know what love is and what purpose in life is…and what freedom is!


  3. I’ve seen some out of this world things that conventional science and religion cannot explain. Like, black triangular spacecrafts that have hovered above me at about 200ft in the air and make no sounds and watching it do maneuvers and then seeing it go from a stand still to a streak of light and be a star in the sky within one seconds time. I have seen an alien creature float in mid-air inside my home at night while surrounded in an orange hue of light and it having the almond shape eye’s and small flimsy body and it didn’t hurt me in any way or fashion.
    There are more things we cannot see within our realm of vision that we can see when using instruments in order to see beyond our color spectrum of light that are flying around and operating within our planetary space. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert at extraterrestrial beings and what forms that they come as or can manifest in such degrees as for any of us to experience them but I know what I have seen and experienced. I know that our dimension is filled and surrounded by others that can see us but we cannot see them.
    What I’m getting to is this. The bible is great for those that have a one track mind and can filter out everything else but what the bible teaches in regards to moral understanding and life lessons, that too me, no one ever seems to actually follow until they experience their own moralities in life but none the less.
    We can appreciate those stories in the bible but as far as I’m concerned, there is more to the message than meets the eye and for one to conclude that one message is unambiguous enough to terminate the rest of what is said by defining a message as just one meaning, this too me again is a problem because when reading, one has to determine who is writing and for what purpose and why?
    Why go to great lengths to establish a cause that with or without our knowledge, things are going to go on as if we weren’t here to begin with. I can understand the formalities of men and women having a moral compass and learning to be obedient for the understanding of their religious purposes but the proverb that is written that GOD has many mansions, say’s so many things at once that pin pointing is leading to a misconception in my mind.
    I enjoyed your writing and truthfully thought before opening to your site that you were a man and upon opening the site I kinda giggled at myself for thinking it. Not toward you, mind you but at myself.
    Your words has inspiration and it’s a good goal towards forming a peaceful contribution to a world that has little to no regard for human’s trusting and coming to peace with the meanings inside a bible of any religion.
    Thank you for spending the time to write and I guess we all have different, not only ambitions but integrity and enlightenment at what we read and take away from it. I took away a feeling of peace but then again a feeling of mystery that intrigued myself to think harder and to look for more of an ambiguous defining end but in doing so I see that there really is no end, just a continuance of life that like that of a dragonfly, we all manifest in different ways and see the world as we see it from a diverse meaning because we have become something different by our ambitions to explore and rest assure ourselves in completeness of our journey here and where is that here? In one of those rooms of the many mansions that God has prepared for us all, no matter our walk in life or our moral understanding, I believe in GOD because I am. I am that person that was given a place to grow and prosper and most of all be thankful in so many ways that defining them would take forever. GOD bless you and again, thank you for your kind words and gentle approach at what you do best.


    • Thank you for taking the time to reply, Tom. The world is full of explanations and ideals, but the Bible is full of truth. God is real. His creation is real. Jesus His Son is real. The words that fill the Holy Bible are real because God inspired men to write them. —And the devil is real, and this devil will do what he can to keep people from knowing the truth, even it means having one of his angels dance around and try to convince us that it’s an alien. When you study the truth and turn from the world to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and get filled with His Spirit, you will be able to see how the devil tries to hide God’s truth from us through deception. I truly hope that you will find this truth and be filled with God’s peace and joy.


  4. Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be EMPTY, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.

    Can you please le me understand this verse, if heaven is our internal home, why did God created earth and who will stay in earth? Because God is not going to destroy earth for sure. As per scripture, God’s dwelling place is now among the people and he will dwell with them. God himself will be with them and be their God.


    • When God created the earth, He visited the Garden of Eden daily to be with Adam and Eve. When they sinned, they were separated from Him because He is Holy and the garden He had created had become corrupt. But He promised to return and save them, and God was faithful because He came in the body of Jesus and died on the cross for our sins so that would be saved from the judgment of sin to come. We are currently living in the hours before the last trumpet sound when Jesus calls all those who have received His salvation, and we will join Him in the clouds, and then God will pour His judgment onto this wicked world in this period which is called the Great Tribulation. Seven years later, Jesus will return as Warrior and King to rule over this world and we who joined Him in the clouds (the dead and the living in Christ) will return with Him along with all the Old Testament Saints who will be resurrected, and we will rule with Him for 1000 years. At the end of that time, the devil who was imprisoned during that thousand years will be released for a little while and then the devil and all people with sin in them will be cast into eternal darkness as their final punishment.

      That’s when the New Jerusalem will come down from Heaven with its streets of gold and with God being the Light, and Heaven and Earth will merge to be one domain. God created earth, and as it says in Genesis 1, He was pleased and said it was good, so He has no intention of destroying it. He will replenish the earth and it will be beautiful, and only those who accepted Jesus as the Messiah will live on the earth after that.

      This is why the Bible says that this is the day of salvation. We are living in the time of grace, and once that time is over, grace will be over, as well. However, it will be at the end of the Tribulation that the nation of Israel will realize that the same Jesus who was born in Bethlehem and who died on the cross is the very Messiah that they have been waiting for, and this is when the world will see the greatest revival in its history because the Jewish people will realize their error and will receive Jesus as their Messiah. What a wonderful day that will be!

      God made the earth, and where it is being corrupted by sin now, soon it will be free of sin and will be beautiful just as it was in the Garden of Eden. I hope this answers your question.


  5. Spending some much needed time in The Word today (that is to say, The Bible ,🙏) I love reading this from Ronnie Dauber…all these scriptures & passages… speaks to me & helps heal my soul. With everything that goes on in today’s world, things that go against GOD & what HE desires for us, we try to, as Christians show love & compassion for others. Also, by our lives, to teach others what it means to follow Christ. It’s not an easy path, but one we walk day by day. To choose HIS way, over the world’s way….to avoid temptations, and everything the world has to offer takes a great strength, only available through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. Once you experience JESUS CHRIST, you never want what the world offers. The just passing through is in reference to Hebrews 13:14…..thank you, Ronnie for your help in harvesting souls✝️

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    • Praise God! I feel the urgency more now than ever before to share the gospel of Christ with others and to warn them that Jesus is about to call all His saints home because He’s getting ready to pour out His judgment on this world. I’m excited and looking forward to that glorious day!


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