But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
(Photo below of my childhood home)
Home: the simple definition is, the place where one lives. Truly, home is so much more than that. Home is the place where you are comfortable and at peace. It is the space that you share with the most precious assets in your life, your loved ones. After a long journey away there is nothing like returning home.
For many of us our childhood home will always remain our favorite. As children, I believe that our hearts and minds are most closely tied to the Lord. We are not tangled by sin yet and there is an unmatched purity of heart in our childhood. After all, Jesus tells us to become like little children. Maybe our childhood home triggers our memory of this time of pure heart living and that is why we hold it so dear.
"Home is the place you grew up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to." -John Edward Pearce
The Bible tells us that this world is not our home. Yet, it is all that we know. While we dwell here, our hearts long for more. Nothing in this world satisfies this longing in our hearts. We were made for so much more!
How is it that someone can live to 97 years of age and still feel like they didn't get enough time to live? I watched my father in law battle with this in the final days of his life and I couldn't comprehend it until I realized that lack of time wasn't the issue. Our longing isn't for more time or more life here on this earth, it goes deeper than that. It is a craving for what we were made for by our Creator....to be with Him. That is our true home and the only fulfillment of what our hearts crave.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 NIV
Until we are united with Christ, our hearts long for more and we groan for our true home. Until that day...
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Pray with me...
Thank you for the way that You created us and for putting a deep longing in our hearts. Take all of our longing and turn it towards You. Help us to fix our eyes on You and Your kingdom. This world is not our home. We anxiously await Your Kingdom come. Fill us more and more and use us to bring glory to Your name. In Jesus Name, Amen
Note: As my passion for gardening grows, I have decided to alternate between writing devotional posts and garden posts. My desire is to create a collection of all the things that I am learning in my garden adventure and to have a storage place for it to refer back to. Hoping these posts will be a blessing and an encouragement to you as well.