As we go about our lives, it’s easy to forget we’re not home. If you have accepted the fact Jesus is Lord of your life, the place you live is not your home. We are here for only a little while, and then we can finally go home (2 Corinthians 4:17). If you’re discouraged by the events of this life, know whatever you are going through is temporary. It will not last forever.
For followers of Jesus, we know His love is on the other side of our pain. Sometimes we get so caught up in this present world, we forget we’re not home. We live as if this is all there is, but all this is more temporary than any of us could imagine. The purpose of this life is to prepare us for the next.
As great as vacations can be, there’s always something comforting about coming “home”. That feeling is but a fraction of what we will feel when we arrive at our true home. All our worries and concerns will melt away. Love and healing will replace every wound. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more disappointment, and no more pain. It’s difficult to imagine a place like that, and yet it’s exactly what our true home is like. We spend too much time building a life amid temporary surroundings, and far too little time building what will last for eternity.
Home is where our heart lies, and we feel the longing to go there every day we are away from it. That unsettled feeling we carry around is the realization we’re not home yet. As God’s chosen sons and daughters, we can never be content in a world so opposed to His holiness. We will find rest only when we are surrounded by fellow souls who spend their days worshiping and bringing glory to God (Revelation 5:11-14). Can you imagine joining with our brothers, sisters, and angels in worshipping our King? If that doesn’t give you goosebumps, I don’t know what will.
We’re not home yet, but soon we will be. For some of us, soon will be a matter of hours, for others it might be decades (James 4:14). But for all of us who accept Jesus as our Lord and follow Him, we will go home. Nothing in this world compares to our home. Heaven’s glory will eclipse all the best this world has to offer. All the worst of this world will be no more, no longer even a memory. Don’t focus on the here and now. Set your eyes on what is coming.
In an age of hopelessness and despair, find encouragement in the reality that we’re not home. To say better days are coming is not an empty platitude for disciples of Jesus. It’s not just better days that lie ahead, it’s our best days that are before us. We must remember whatever we are going through is temporary. It won’t last forever. But the love of Jesus will. He is our hope. He is our salvation. We’re not home yet, but soon we will be. Jesus is waiting to welcome us into eternity with Him. Nothing we’re going through can keep that from becoming a reality as long as we hold fast to Him. Better days are ahead, and the best is yet to come.