This World is not Our Home
“This world is not our home…” We’ve heard this so many times in Scripture, in songs, in sermons, but truly I am so very thankful that this world is NOT our home, that it is temporary…that Heaven is our home…that the Father has given us this promise—through His Son Jesus Christ—of being with Him forever.
As a young person, it was difficult to wrap my mind around Heaven being my home. I think this is because as a young person, Heaven seems like someplace we go when we are really, really old and die. Sometimes in our youth, we kind of get the impression that life on Earth just goes on and on…maybe there even seems to be an invincibility about it.
But that feeling of invincibility changes with time…suddenly, somewhere in our “older” years—perhaps thirty and beyond—we begin to get a very strong sense of our own mortality. Life on Earth and the number of our days don’t seem quite as guaranteed and secure as we thought.
For me, the older I get, the more content I am with my understanding of life and death. I think this is because I finally get it; I understand my place in this world—temporary. In fact, I find myself longing for my Heavenly home more and more as the days go on. I know this is a common and familiar sentiment for believers. Even Paul expressed this desire:
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.” Philippians 1:21-26
And like Paul, we understand that our Father has work for us here and that we must be content to do His will until the time comes for Him to take us home.
Today, let’s allow the idea of our Heavenly home to become more and more real to us. And while we long for that Heavenly home, let’s not forget to be about the Father’s work and allow Him to accomplish His will in and through us for His Glory and for His Kingdom.
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