2 Cor. 5:1-2
The Apostle Paul wrote these words about our heavenly dwelling place:
"Now we know that if the earthly tent [physical body] 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."
I love how Paul describes heaven in this scripture. It speaks so much to me and has a lot to say about living in this life.
We get so comfortable in where we live, what we do, who we see, where we go, and so on that we tend to forget just how temporary this all is! We see a lot of bad in this world. School shootings, suicides, severe hurricanes and tornadoes, sad but heartwarming war stories, deadly illnesses, and so on. We get so discouraged and think, "Oh God, please come soon...I don't want to be in this world and all it's trials any longer." Not to mention all of these things can take a loved one from us in some way or another. Right away all we can think about is did they know the Lord? Are they in heaven? Some of us know for sure, and then some of us do not! When we know they are in heaven, it makes it easier and yet it causes us to long to be with them and, we get homesick for our eternal home.
Let me ask you something, how often do we just get homesick for heaven because we are so in love with Jesus that we can't wait to see HIS face and worship at HIS feet! We wake up in the morning and love that we are given a new day with new mercies, but how often do we just tell Jesus that we cannot wait till the day comes that we can put our arms around Him and give him praise and just love on Him? Why do we wait for a national disaster or something else to happen for us to tell Him that we are homesick?
When I was a kid, I went away every year to Summit Grove Church Camp. I loved it so much that I then became a counselor also every year. I can remember that even tho I loved it, I still would really miss home, because of the love I have for my family. Mom would write letters to me, and then I would really miss them. It wasn't because something terrible happened and I just needed to be with them...It was just because of my genuine love for them.
That is how our hearts should be when it comes to going home! If we are in His word, I believe that was His way of writing to us, so that the more we read, the more we would miss home.
Please don't get me wrong...I miss my grandma everyday and cannot wait to see her, and I have my struggles and hard days of tears that so many times I just cry out and say "God take me home!!" But it shouldn't be my drive and purpose to get there. We are to love life and are to be thankful for what we have, but to also keep in mind that it is not our final destination…PRAISE GOD!!!
When you are a Christian, the desire to always want to see and be with Jesus in heaven, should always be the reason for living in this life that God has given us. Everyday should be a day of waking up and asking God, “What can I do today that will draw others to your kingdom and what can I do that will help me live on this earth just passing the time till I can see you face to face?”
I love my family and my friends and my home and the life He has given me here, but I should never love it too much that I lose my desire to be with Jesus in heaven one day.
I love the chorus in this song by Mercy Me...the words are so powerful!
I close my eyes and I see your face
If homes where my heart is,
Then I’m out of place,
Lord won’t you give me strength,
To make it through somehow…
I've never been more homesick than now (Mercy Me)
Do you know, I mean really know, that your soul purpose for temporarily being on this earth, is not even for you? We were put here for one purpose only, and that is to serve God, by serving others, and giving Him the glory!! I want to have an impact on the world so that others can know Him the way I know Him, and desire to live with Him for all eternity!
2 Cor 5:5
Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
God designed us to be homesick for heaven. We will never be completely at peace until we share eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Who's homesick...for heaven?
If you have never been saved or are not familiar with who Jesus is...please click on the "Say Yes To Jesus" tab and give your heart to Him. Today is YOUR day of salvation. ~
Love you all ~ Dawn