For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
– Hebrews 13:14
Where would you call “home”?
Is it where you grew up?
Is it where your parents live?
Is it where you are currently living?
Throughout the Bible, we are encouraged to stop focusing on the physical world around us.
We are encouraged to focus instead on eternity – on eternal life with God.
If this life is all that there is, if the physical world around us is the only home we will ever have,
then it would be right to spend all of our time, money, and resources on making this life as awesome as possible.
But if there’s something more, if there is something that lasts immeasurably longer,
then the only smart decision would be to prepare for that home.
And so believing in Jesus changes the way we live.
The priorities we have are different.
The interests we have are different.
The purpose and meaning we find in life is different.
Because it doesn’t matter if we work as hard and as long as we can, in order to have more money.
It doesn’t matter if we spend all we have, in order to have all of the newest and coolest technology.
Because, after this life is over, all of our money and possessions will be given away.
Some of it will be saved.
Some of it will be kept as heirlooms.
Some of it will be discarded as trash.
But, if we spend all that we have, and give all that we are, preparing for the life to come,
then we will truly find ourselves preparing to go home.
Not home to a building where the foundation will crack and the walls will break.
Not home to a big screen TV that will be outdated by this time next year.
Not home to a savings account that generates enough interest to keep us in stylish clothes.
But we will go home to our Father.
We will go home to our Saviour.
We will go home to our Lord.
And so, if we are able to keep our eyes on our true home, then no matter what happens to us,
we know that good things are in store for us.
We are able to face any struggle…
We are able to persevere throughout persecution…
We are able to hold on to our faith…
…because this world is not our home.
Until I further prepare for my eternal home,