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Longing for home

15 June 2018
‘We are citizens of heaven.’

Ever had a really rough, tiring day? The sort of day when you haven’t got another scrap of energy left, and you’re so mentally drained that it almost hurts to think? The sort of day when you crave home? When you finally do get home, and curl up in your pyjamas with a hot cup of tea and your favourite TV programme, you experience an amazing sense of peace, comfort, security and contentment. As great as this feels, it’s nowhere near as good as the feelings we’ll experience when we get to heaven. God created us for heaven, and nothing in our earthly life will completely satisfy that longing (take a look at Ecclesiastes 3:11). We’re in this world but we’re not of it. We’ll find joy and contentment as we work our way towards fulfilling the assignment that God’s given us for our life, but it’s nothing compared to the joy that’s waiting for us in heaven. Paul put it this way: ‘We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control’ (Philippians 3:20-21 NLT). We have an inbuilt craving for our heavenly home, a powerful desire to be with God. But until it’s time for us to join Him in heaven, let’s make the most of our earthly life by building our relationship with Him and spending time with Him every day. When we do that, we’ll find joy and delight in following His will and His plan for our lives.

What Now?

Tonight, when you get home, curl up in your pyjamas with a nice hot drink, and spend some time with God, telling Him all about your day.

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