Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Yes, we CAN go home again!

Second Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

You are probably familiar with an old saying that goes something like this: 'You can never 
go home again,' which apparently was taken from a Thomas Wolfe novel. I remember
a time when I had to move back in with my parents while in college at Ohio State University;
it wasn't easy for any of us! You get established, for better or worse, on your own, with
your own set of rules and schedules, only to return to the parents' set of norms!

The problem, it seems to me, with that saying and the reality of returning to a previous
earthly home, is simply that it isn't 'really' our home.  Our real and true home is one that
we will be moving back into when the days of this life run their course; the beauty is
that there will be no problematic transition this time,  just a smooth transition back to what
truly is our normal and wondrous place of residence: heaven! 

What a homecoming that will be!!! We will see Jesus in His glory, Almighty Father God,
saints abounding and many, yes many, or those that were friends and family members
while we were on this earth. Some of those relationships will be different, there are
questions and uncertainties about how, exactly, things will work there, but oh how
wonderful it will all be! 

I am most excited to see my grandparents, friends that have passed and maybe even
some folks that I didn't meet fully, here, yet who passed briefly into and out of my life.
I am most anxious to see what sort of 'job' is in store for me, what type of food we
may eat and how we will recall our days here on earth.

So what about the interim...what should we be doing as we wait with patience for
this return? Well we have tasks that we are called upon in scripture to work at.
We need to be doing that which glorifies our Lord, worshiping Him with all our
energies and spreading ,in whatever way we are led, the saving gracious
gospel of Jesus Christ. That's plenty to keep us occupied!

Can't wait! I'm really quite ready. Come, Jesus, we await your glorious return!

Praise God!