Each one of us is on a journey to our final, and eternal, destination. As Christians, we live with the confident assurance that our eternal home is with God. But, we’re not home yet and there is a life to be lived as we journey toward heaven. It is my prayer that this series of devotions will help you discover not only a glimpse of heaven, but that it would prepare you to more fully live like you are home even as you continue the journey.
This is day five from the devotional journal, “Almost Heaven: Devotions For the Journey Home”. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God in the process of discovering how He would have us to live as we prepare for an eternal home.
A Home Of Eternal Dwelling
“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.“
2 Corinthians 5:1-3 (NIV)
How many places have you called home so far in your life? Do you think you will live at your current residence for the rest of your time on earth? Do you have a place where you like to vacation, or visit, that sometimes you wish you could just stay at forever? What things do you like most about that place? How would your life be lived differently if you kept your focus on the permanence of an eternal home? Does knowing you have an eternal home waiting help you in your life’s journey?
I don’t like change. While I do enjoy wandering and seeing new sights, even when I travel I seek out familiar places to eat and stay. But it is knowing that the comfort of home is waiting for me when the trip is over that helps me get through the unfamiliar parts of the journey. When I keep my eyes fixed on my eternal dwelling, I am able to endure the “light and momentary troubles” that exist in this life. As you pray, ask God to fill you with the confident expectation that He is preparing an eternal dwelling for you. Pray that you would live with endurance because of the hope that lies before you.