HOME. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.” That’s what we all want. It’s what we all need. A place to call home. The place we can call our own. Where we can rest. Where we can eat. Where we live with our loved ones. We all find a place to settle. Whether it’s temporary or permanent. It’s what we work for. It’s where we spend our life. It’s where we keep our possessions. We feel safe at home. Content. Comfortable. Happy. It is essential to us. Plans are made around it and for it. Even for future generations.
We live on this ball God created called Earth. God’s creation is awesome. He has provided so many blessings and enjoyable things in this life. The beauty of the world. Food. Sports. Music. Family. Jobs. Sharing this life with God’s family in worship and praise to Him. But this life isn’t perfect. God didn’t grant us perfection. There is sin in this world. There is pain. Sorrow. Weakness. It’s temporary. Passing away. That’s why we cannot make this earth our eternal home. While we can have a great life and home here on earth by the grace of God, this life will end. Our physical homes will be destroyed. Everything we own will all burn up. Be no more. There is more to life than what we see around us. Eternity is the big picture. It is the end game. It is where we will all be.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; that which is unseen. A Heavenly home with God is what He has promised. We haven’t seen it. But through faith we know and are convinced that it is there. That God is there. That we will be there. That is the example that we have in all the lives mentioned in Hebrews 11. Read what is said of them in Hebrews 11:13-16, “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.” They died in faith. They knew that this life is temporary. An eternal home is what they were living for.
We walk by faith and not by sight. Where are we walking to? Where does our journey end? For followers of Christ it is Heaven. By faith we will keep walking through this life and on past death until our feet reach that beautiful gate and that street of gold. This world is not my home. We’re just passing through. Our treasures need to be laid up in Heaven. Not on this earth. There is a better country waiting for us. A homeland. A Heavenly one. Let’s live for that. By faith. In hope. The great people of faith who have gone on before us lived their lives for God in the hope of Heaven. What are you living for? What am I living for? By faith, let’s live in the hope that our wonderful Father in Heaven has given to us. Let’s live by faith. Let’s die in faith. And by that faith we will be with all God’s people in the city God has prepared for us.