Who hasn’t exclaimed more than once “Home Sweet Home” after returning home from a vacation or an arduous trip? We remember Dorothy’s famous declaration “There is no place like home” in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. To the contrary, Christians have homes which are neither the sweetest nor the best.
In his second letter to the Corinthian church Paul discussed the homes that Christians must vacate one day. (II Corinthians 5:1-8) For the sake of space we can’t copy it here. Instead we will capture some of Paul’s thoughts about this home. Reminder, “home” in this instance is our body.
Paul explained that if our earthly house were destroyed, which happens at death, we know we have an eternal house waiting for us in heaven fashioned by the Father. For that reason we groan (an unintelligible sound of longing) in our present home wanting to be clothed with our heavenly home. We wish to lose our mortal home to gain our immortal home in the eternal state.
Why do we so earnestly desire to lose our earthly home for a heavenly home? We do so because we know that as long as we remain in our present home we are absent (separated) from our Lord Jesus Christ. We are walking by faith in our earthly home but when we receive our eternal home we will walk by sight with Jesus. GLORY!
Realizing that our earthly home keeps us separated from Christ we are willing (longing) to leave this home and to be present with the Lord in our new home. Paul expressed that desire. “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” Philippians 1:23
The Apostle Paul also gave us a stirring account of the reception of our new home. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:51-53
After receiving our new homes, as Paul explained above, we will be whisked away to meet Jesus at the rapture which he described in I Thessalonians 4:16-17. What a glorious departure that will be. Are you ready for your new home? Then we can truly say, Home Sweet Home.
DEAR LORD, WHILE WE ARE HOME IN THIS EARTHLY BODY PLEASE EMPOWER US TO LIVE AS WE OUGHT KNOWING WE HAVE A NEW HOME WAITING.