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August 1, 2021 | Javan Shashaty
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“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
What is your address? An address is one form of identity that tells something about you: your city, your neighborhood, and your home. As stated so eloquently in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home!” Our home is very important to us. It serves as a shelter, a refuge, a family.
I grew up in a good family. The hardest part of my childhood was that my family moved an average of once a year—several moves were to different states. I longed for permanence, not only in a home, but also with friendships.
In the bigger picture, the Lord created us for heaven, which is our true, permanent, and eternal home. Jesus tells us several things about heaven in John 14.
First, your real home is being prepared. In John 14:2 (NKJV) Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” The Lord took six days to create the beauty of physical heaven and earth. And if He said that He will go away to prepare a place for us, we can only imagine what our new home will be after 2,000 years of preparing!
Second, there’s no place like home! What our souls long for is what heaven is. It will be the ultimate fulfillment of every good desire we have been given by our heavenly Father. The real beauty is that heaven is heaven because Jesus is there. Heaven is where our true citizenship is and for what we were created.
Not to ruin the ending, but just look at what Revelation 21:4-5 (NKJV) says we have waiting for us: “There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”
In this life, we are to prepare for the next one. It’s not about how much you accumulate on earth—it’s about knowing God more personally and intimately through His Son Jesus Christ. It’s about growing and building relationships that will be eternal. It’s using your time, talents, and treasures that were given to you by God to be a part of building the Kingdom of God.
DIG: Take some time to consider your future permanent address. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?
DISCOVER: Taste a little bit of heaven every day by pondering God’s beautiful creation and your forever relationships.
DISPLAY: Read and meditate on Colossians 3. Break down the chapter and make a list of all the instructions for practical Christian living found here. Evaluate how you’re doing in these areas, and ask the Lord to help you walk in victory in them. If you’re struggling with any of these areas, reach out to a fellow believer and ask him or her to help keep you accountable. This sounds tough, having to be vulnerable with others, but the benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort.