Your House is Not Your Home
The house that we live in while here on earth, is not our home. The bible describes true believes as ‘sojourners’ or ‘travelers’; we are just passing through this life. Our real home is in Heaven. And to encourage us, God placed within our hearts, the desire to be with Him and His Son Jesus.
During His final days on earth, Jesus was confronted by the Jewish leaders with a question about His home and His Kingdom. In John 18: 36, Jesus responded with these words; ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest. But now my kingdom is from another place’. With that dynamic proclamation, Jesus conveyed to His followers, and foretold by the Prophets, that His time had finally come. God’s children could now look forward to one day, leaving their sin-filled environment. The King had come and brought with Him, the keys to a Heavenly Kingdom that they could one day call home. As citizens of Heaven, our view of this temporal world does matter. What we conceive and what we know and believe about our Heavenly home, helps us understand and appreciate our position in Christ. Remember, this world is only temporary; it is not our friend. It is filled with much trouble and many pitfalls. In contrast, we are encouraged when we consider that ‘Christ has overcome the world’. We certainly live in this world, but we are not of this world; for everyone who is born of God, has through Christ, overcome this world.
We can be confident that Christ has made provision for our successful journey through this life. With His Holy Spirit dwelling within each of us, His Word, His protection and His personal example to live by; these are the tools that help us to continue fighting the good fight of faith. And as true believers, each one of us is an ambassador for Christ; we have been given a mission to serve the King and His Kingdom. We are admonished to represent our King and His Kingdom with pride and respect. It’s easy to get swept into the flow of worldly cultures. The danger of taking part in their pleasures and pastimes, is that we begin to look less like citizens of God’s Kingdom, and more like Satan’s Kingdom.
As human beings and sojourners, we will never be perfect. So, until we reach our Heavenly home, we must strive to live as Christ has instructed us. As we conduct ourselves in a worthy and trustworthy manner, our loyalty to our King should always come first. We should be noticeably different from those around us who live by the world’s standards, while representing the King. In 1Timothy 6: 12, the apostle Paul tells us… ‘to Fight the good fight of faith, and take hold of the eternal life to which we were called too’. Believers should be confident about their eternal futures.
At times, we all become weary, but remember, Satan’s time is growing short, and one day soon, he will be extinguished from our lives. Christ’s Kingdom is a homeland created for true believers; it’s where we long to be. But for the time being, we continue to reside on this earth, and continue to ‘fight the good fight. And if we ever forget that this world is not our home, our old nature will begin to creep back into our personalities… Satan and the world will once again begin to lead us. 1 Peter 2: 6 tells us… ‘He who believes in Him will not be disappointed’.