If you are a Christian, do you live like this world is your home? Or do you live for the world to come? An old man in blue overalls, a red shirt, and a straw hat boarded up the windows to his house and nailed something to his front door. When he finished, he slammed the door and left town.

Later on, the townspeople examined the notice on the man’s door. It said:

I, Mordecai Walter Browning, hereby vacate these premises in the interests of pursuing my native country, a continuing City not made with hands, where I shall live forever with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I bequeath this house and the articles contained therein to the fair neighbors with whom I have had the privilege of residing these several years. Though I was never a citizen here, you made my stay enjoyable. To you I bequeath my keys, for where I go I shall not need them — direct access to God is mine through the Spirit. I also bestow to you my debt to society, for from henceforth I am a debtor only to Jesus, Who redeemed me by His blood. I forfeit all my earthly goods, valued at $300, for to claim an incorruptible inheritance reserved for me.

Do with these items as you please. They were sufficient for my use during my brief tenure with you, but they would only serve as encumbrances in my present journey to that wonderful city of which I so often spoke unto you. Tarry not to join me.

M. W. Browning

Would you be willing to sign your name on that notice? If not, then maybe you aren’t as Heavenly-minded as you should be. You see, one day death will permanently separate us from material things. It is wise for us to detach ourselves from these things now so that our lives can be spent in pursuit of eternal things. There are souls to be won and rewards to be earned. Let’s start living as citizens of Heaven today.

A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he dwelleth longest; therefore eternity should be his scope. — Thomas Manton

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.