Monday, 25 February 2013

Not Home Yet

So I was busy packing my things, ready to go back home [Singapore from Melbourne] for good and I turned on the Christian radio and heard this song called “Where I Belong”. No, it’s not a patriotic song sung on National Day, but this song talks about our true home as believers.

As I pack and I’m ready to go home, I start to think about home and wonder about my sense of belonging. Sure, Singapore is my home country and I believe that while God has closed the door for me in Melbourne, He has an ever better plan for me back in Singapore.
The funny thing is that the home that I’m returning to isn’t exactly my final destination. As believers, our real home isn’t on this earth but in Heaven.

The Bible tells us in 1 John 2: 15-17:
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

The things we have on earth now, our career, ambitions, material goods, health, wealth and possessions will fade away and not last forever. Conversely, the treasures we lay for ourselves in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21) by doing the things for God will not fade away.

It’s natural to think that our home is this place where we live but imagine what would happen if we had a new perspective (no pun intended!). If we live as though we were just pilgrims on this earth, we would not be so drawn to the temptations of this world and be seduced by it. We would strive for Holy and Godly living. If we know that Heaven is our final destination, then doing things for Christ and obeying Him should be our motivation. We would want to win souls to Christ and do things that are glorifying to His name.

Are you homesick for our true home? We are not home yet.

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