For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven. -Hebrews 13:14-16(TLB)
Home Sweet Home...isn't that what they say? And home IS sweet, when it is a safe haven away from the world and its worries. I read a housewarming card recently that read, 'a House is built with bricks and beams,a Home is built with love and dreams' and that is certainly true. Home is where the heart is. There's no place like home. And all of us need a place to call home...a place not just of shelter, but a place of safety and solace.
I'm a huge home show enthusiast: buying them, decorating them, remodeling them. I especially love the transformations when they bring something run-down back to new life. That's a very Christian theme, eh? But as much as I love throw pillows and stone facades, it's important to remember that this earthly home is really only a temporary one. As delightful as we make it, it is still a refugee camp for us. Or perhaps it's nicer to think of ourselves as ambassadors living in a foreign land. While we may enjoy the sweet pleasures of this strange land, we know that somewhere our true home, our Motherland (or Fatherland) awaits us.
That home, which Christ himself is preparing for us, is beyond our imagination. It will truly satisfy our souls in a way that a large deck or stacked stone fireplace can only hint at now. And the most noticeable feature of that home is that it will be saturated in love. Love will surround it, flow through it, be the energy that powers it.
And so, no matter how humble your home here, no matter how broken your home here...resolve that as for you and your house, you will serve the Lord, knowing that there is a mansion in Heaven awaiting you.