This World is Not My Home

The older I get, the more I realize how brief  and unpredictable our lives are. The bible speaks to this in James 4:14, “You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring -what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.” How true that is! Life here is fragile, brief and unpredictable. Yet as a follower of Jesus Christ, I also understand that life here is a beautiful gift given to us. As a follower of Christ, I also understand that the temporal was never meant to replace the eternal. Everything we see around us materially is temporary. Even our physical bodies are temporary.
 
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:1 wrote, “For we know that if our temporary, earthly dwelling is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands.” He was writing to followers of Christ concerning the hope we have after our earthly bodies die. Death for the Christian is not the end, but only the start of a new beginning and life with no end. 
 
I can remember as a child taking camping trips with my family to Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina. We didn’t stay in a hotel or house, but in tents. I remember the tents we stayed in very well. The tents were the temporary structures we chose to stay in while we were away from home. I also remember very well the problems that would arise with those tents. During a hard rainstorm, water would always find a way in. The living quarters could become cramped and uncomfortable, it just wasn’t quite like home. While we enjoyed our time and had fun, it was always nice to take down the tent and go home.
 
One day each of us will lay down these temporary dwellings called a body. The tent of our bodies will be taken down and placed into the ground. Death is coming for us all. For the Christian physical death represents the fulfillment of a promised hope of eternal life in heaven with a new body to come. Paul states that “to be out of the body” is to “be at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) The longer we live here in these tents, the more trouble, sorrow and loss we will face. C.S Lewis states, “I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
 
As a Christian this world is not our home. We are not meant to find our full satisfaction in the temporary things of this life. Our home awaits us in heaven. As Jesus said in John 14:1-3, “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
 
Christian, rest in the promised hope found in the person of Jesus Christ and the pages of his perfect word. Rest in the promise of eternal life in heaven with Jesus! Thanks be to God for His Amazing Grace, Love and Mercy! Who and what are you trusting in today?
 
In Christ,
Chad