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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”—2 Corinthians 5:8 (NRSV)
I love The Wizard of Oz. Other than Star Wars, I can’t think of another movie that changed the landscape of cinema more than the adventure of Dorothy, her three companions, and her little dog, too! I love the idea that, at the beginning of the story, the heroine wanted to go to a dreamland, a beautiful utopia beyond the rainbow . . . and she did! But when she found the land beyond the rainbow, she soon discovered that even there, the troubles didn’t “melt like lemon drops.” And over the course of the story, she came to realize that “there’s no place like home.”
I don’t know about you, but I often feel this way. I’ve learned that for me, there’s no place like home. No, I’m not talking about my physical house . . . I’m talking about being with my family—my wife and kids. The word for home in the Greek is endēmēsai, which describes “people bonded together by a particular identity; to be present, as amongst one's own type of kindred people.” You see, no matter where I am, when I’m with my family, I’m right where I need to be . . . I’m home.
But I know there’s an even greater home for me: the presence of the Lord! It’s the eternal hope we as believers get to carry with us everywhere we go. Christ made His dwelling among us (John 1:14) so that He could make a way for us to dwell in heaven, to be in His presence, to be at home with Him for all eternity (John 17:24). He told us He went to “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3 NIV).
Now, here’s the beautiful reality we have: Christ made His dwelling among us to make a way for us to dwell with Him forever, but TODAY He makes His dwelling within us! We’re always home—even as we wait for the day we’re absent from the body—because the hope of glory, Christ, resides in us.
In 2 Corinthians 5:5 (NRSV), Paul wrote, “He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” We walk in the presence of the Lord right now, my friends . . . “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him” (2 Corinthians 5:9 NRSV). So, let me ask you, are you experiencing this reality today?
DIG: Read 2 Corinthians 5.
DISCOVER: What do you consider your home? Where do you feel most at home? What makes you feel this way?
DISPLAY: Spend time alone with the Holy Spirit. Go on a walk alone and experience the beauty, glory, and satisfaction of being at home with God.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.