Last week Melissa and I had the opportunity to visit the place where we both grew up. For almost the last ten years we have travelled back to Gloucester, Virginia to see our families and it’s always interesting to notice what changes. So far in life Melissa and I have lived in Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, and now South Carolina. In all the places we have been, we see our “home” as something more than likely different than most people. When I think about home I don't think about a house or a county or a state, I just think about family. I think that is something that the Bible addresses as well.
In Hebrews 11 we read about the men and women who lived and died by faith. In discussion about their lives the Hebrew’s writer says this: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland” (Hebrews 11:13-14).
These men and women of faith, when they thought about following God’s promises, knew that they were just passing through this life. Their home wasn't on Earth, it was with their family in heaven. They were relying on their relationship with their Father to bring them home at the end of their lives.
Peter also talked about this thought: “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). Peter was reminding them that they should not let something from this life prevent them from moving on to the home of the soul.
So as I think about my “home” being where my family is, that includes the great family in Christ that I have. The same is true for you. I encourage all of us to keep in mind that we are “just passing through” in this world on our way to our true home in heaven. “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).