When I was much younger, I recall asking my mother if we ever come to a place in life where we feel like we have arrived. She told me, “No, because we are not home yet.”
No truer words could have ever been spoken. Albert E. Brumley was correct when he wrote in his song, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.”
The fact is, the Christian will never feel at home in this world. Our home is in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. The apostle Paul wrote In Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (NKJV)
Because of our faith in Christ, the gospel message we share and because we are citizens of another country dwelling in a foreign land, we will rejected by this world (Matthew 10:22; John 17:14).
As we live on earth, like non-Christians, we will experience many of the unpleasant things this world has to offer such as conflict, sickness, pain, loss, death and grief. But, that’s okay! We are not home yet.
The apostle John wrote in Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)
So what are we to do in the meantime? How are we to live in this foreign land?
First of all, we wait (Titus 2:13).
Secondly, we hope (Romans 5:5).
Finally, we do what we can to bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, so they too can look forward to an eternal home in Heaven (Matthew 28:18-20).
In his book, “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis said, “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next world.”
Eternity is a long time, and that is where a Christian’s focus should really be (1 Peter 5:10).
No, we are not home yet, but Jesus is coming soon! Are you ready?
Read James 4:14; 1 Peter 5:10; Hebrews 13:14)
Jerry Fulton's goal in life is to share the love of Jesus, so others might become followers of Christ.