By Luke Polito
We all have different images, feelings, sounds and even smells that come to our mind when the word “home” comes up in a conversation. Home brings up more than just a picture of a house or a place of living, it also draws feelings and emotions out of us. Many of us view “home” as a place of rest, a place to recuperate from a hard day at work or school. Home should be a place where we are loved, served, and understood. Although, sometimes, we don’t experience these things because our earthly homes are flawed. Our earthly homes are inhabited by sinful people, including ourselves.
Home as it is outlined for us in the Bible is when we are united with Jesus in Heaven for eternity. Our Heavenly home is going to be perfect, it is going to satisfy every need of our beings. In Scripture, we are described as outsiders in this earthly world because when we have a personal relationship with Jesus, we are sealed with His grace and no one can take the love of our Father away from us. In Ephesians 2:19, Paul tells us that we are no longer strangers or aliens but that we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
That is amazing! We are going to have an uncountable number of souls with us in the household of Jesus and we are all united by what Jesus did for all of us on the cross. We do not belong in this world, no matter how much our flesh wants to remain in this world, when we really think about where our home is it is where Jesus our Savior is. In Revelation 21:4, John writes “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.”
That’s what is waiting for us, we should have our excitement and attention fixed on this perfect paradise that has been prepared for us. Jesus has set us free from our sins and we get to dwell in Heaven with Him forever. Our homes on this earth are temporary, there are going to be good and bad experiences here. In Heaven, our souls will be eternally satisfied by Our Father’s love and care for us. Our home is waiting for us, let’s encourage one another to remember our home that God has prepared for us!