My idea of home is changing as I am on the road away from home without a home. The change has been a good change. Since saying “yes” to God’s call and going global for Christ’s mission, I have visited numerous homes in dozens of countries from urban Europe to rustic Africa. Living in homes all over the world will change you. As I have exchanged stories and photos with families in these homes I see how different my home and how foreign my home experiences are from theirs.
During a prison sentence the Apostle Paul had time to think about what mattered in his world. He sat in a cell far from home. Far from earthly comforts. Far from security. He encouraged the church saying, “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you…For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” [Philippians 1:23-24, 3:20].
Paul knew that Heaven is home. Heaven is an unfading, incorruptible, and infinite home [1 Timothy 6:6-7]. Jesus taught this too [Matthew 6:20-21]. And His closest followers understood it [James 4:13-15; 1 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 10:34] and longed to dwell there with Him.
Home is a place I long to be. There is a sense of comfort and security about being home. The danger is that I will begin to see my temporary home as comfortable or secure and not see my Heaven as incomparable and glorious. This world is not my home. God in heaven is my home. He has a better country. He is preparing a place that makes our home seem like a squared camp. To desire God is to desire a better country, that is a heavenly home.
This world is not my home I’m just passing through
my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
the angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.