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John 15:19 (KJV)
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
After his studies in the UK, an African student stayed back in hopes of getting a job. As a student, he was limited to working 20 hours per week. He came to realize that employment policy for full-time jobs always favored a native first before a foreign national. He wasn’t entitled or eligible to access certain benefits provided by the government of the land and his visa status was always monitored. These and other things he would face as a foreigner.
As certain as border security, immigration checks, limited benefits, etc. are to a foreigner, so also are trials and oppositions to the life of the pilgrim. However, all of these instituted checks can only become frustrating to the pilgrim if he loses a sense of his mission and his desire for his real home. It is only when his desire for things in that foreign land grows and becomes more attractive than his desire for his home that they become an issue.
The Word of God in 1John 2:15 says ‘love not the world, nor the things in the world. When a believer decides to love the things of the world, his life becomes a struggle. The world will not hand things over to him for free, but will demand he first becomes its citizen. By him making friends, settling and following the world’s cultural practices, he makes himself an enemy of his homeland (James 4:4) and in trying to enjoy the world without being its friend, he becomes an illegal alien who is then hunted and harassed.