Pilgrims on the other hand are patient and set their sights on an ultimate goal.
Tourists visit only the attractive locations and do so only when convenient.
Pilgrims understand that not everything in life is attractive or convenient.
Tourists want everything to be very comfortable.
Pilgrims know there will be many difficult moments and accepts them as part of their life style.
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Pilgrims travel the high mountains as well as the low valley and learn from both.
All of life, the good and the bad, the pleasant and the uncomfortable are part of a pilgrimage.
Tourists are often insensitive to those around them. Basically, they care only for themselves. Pilgrims care and share with all of those they meet along the way.
Pilgrims realize that this world is not our home. We are non-resident aliens who spend our lives going somewhere…to God. This is not always easy to remember and sometimes even harder to live.
The spiritual atmosphere in which we live today erodes our faith, dissipates our hope, and corrupts our love.
The answer lies in the basic and simple things of the Christian life and how we view them.
How do we as Pilgrims and tourists view and respond to God?
The tourist sees Him as a sugar daddy. Someone expected to do good things to please him on his tour.
The Pilgrim views God as Sovereign Lord. God is the master planner who controls all events along the way.
Our perception of Jesus Christ?
To those with the tour mindset, Jesus is just the tour guide, there to please and provide a fun trip.
To the Pilgrim, Jesus is the forerunner and example-a traveling companion.
How do we view the Bible?
To the tourist it is a ticket book filled with wonderful goodies. Or the other view is there’s nothing really worthwhile in it that I really need.
To the pilgrim it’s a road map necessary for every stop in life.
How do we view the church?
The tourist selects those he likes and feels comfortable with as part of his tour party. The church to him is a social club, or a place to make connections for future needs.
To the Pilgrim the church is a community, a caravan of fellow pilgrims struggling together along the way.
The tourist views them as hindrances to having fun. They get in the way of his pleasure-planned tour.
The Pilgrim understands the necessity of going through them and sees them as pathways to glory.
What is your view of the Christian life?
Are you a tourist or a Pilgrim?
Commit yourself to be a Pilgrim and live the life God gives you, to bring him Honor and Glory.
Based on I Peter 2 Heb: 11