Many of us have placed welcome mats on our front door steps. We want our guests to feel welcome as they enter, right? But what are we inviting them in to?
When our kids were little I would always remind them that our house was just that, a house. “Back to the house,” I would say. Randomly I would ask them, “Why don’t I ever call this our home?” The question would require them to formulate in their minds the answer that this house is not our home.
I always strategized for them to have a proper paradigm of home and their hearts set on heaven as their true home with this house as a temporary pad.
Think about your paradigm of your residence versus your true home.
Where is your true home?
Examining the home paradigm is relevant because it reveals the heart.
Is heaven some far off fantasy that we cannot imagine?
Do we never long for heaven?
Are we comfortable in the world as our home?
Do we have roots here? Family ties? Political parties? Sports teams? Habits?
How far down do those roots go?
Do they extend farther than our roots in Christ?
Can we even imagine? All battles finished, problems forever vanished, no need to guard our hearts, no need to hold our tongues, no armor necessary, all endurance behind us…
Honestly, I am homesick.
Not that I would ever accelerate the process. Of course not. God gave me life and he will take me home at the exact moment He so desires. That’s not my business.
I am still here because He wants me here. And His will rules.
But my heart is basically there (Phil. 1:23). In Him here and in Him there (John 15:4). My body is hanging out here, but I am there. Oh, I am so there!
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
But I am hard pressed between the two. My yearning desire is to depart (to be free of this world, to set forth) and be with Christ, for that is far, far better;
1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)
We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world]…
May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
2 Peter 3:11-13
11Since all these things are thus [a]in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought [each of] you to be [in the meanwhile] in consecrated and holy behavior and devout and godly qualities,
12While you wait and earnestly long for (expect and hasten) the coming of the day of God by reason of which the flaming heavens will be dissolved, and the [[b]material] elements [of the universe] will flare and melt with fire?
13But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide.
5Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
6Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
7But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.