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for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God

(Hebrews 11:10)

A quick trip through Fox Hollow subdivision where I reside as of today will give you a glimpse of a popular sign. You have seen it. It simply says, “Home for Sale”. The term sounds so inviting. Personally I believe that a “house” and a “home” are two different things. In the same way the church is not about the building, a home is about those who are inside. Many of you know that I have spent the last several months preparing to buy another residence. If all goes well within the next thirty days I will close on, and hopefully move into, the home in which I grew up, the home which my grandparents owned. There are trees in the yard which I planted; there are marks on the wall where my height was taken at various ages. There are memories galore in this “home” I plan to purchase, and it is special to me. It has taken much preparation. If you have ever taken out a mortgage you understand the effort involved. In the interim, there is packing and cleaning that must be done, literally hours of work must be done prior to the transition into my new “home”.

 

I must say that a lot has run through my mind during this process. The home I currently own in Fox Hollow is also special; it was my first home purchase, and it is the first place I ever lived on my own. I will miss the memories. There is no question I am attached to my “home” in Fox Hollow as well.

The process has made me think in light of a song we sing quite often. “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” Why? Many of us find ourselves in the same spiritual situation that I am now experiencing in the physical realm. I am desiring to move to my new home where I have grown up, but for all purposes, I am “attached” to my home in Fox Hollow. While we all desire to move to our heavenly home, it is so incredibly easy to get attached to the things we have here. I am reminded of the words spoken by Jesus that He has gone to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:2-3).

This world truly is not our “home”, and God warns that we should not get attached to those things here. In speaking of Abraham the Bible reminds us that he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Heb 11:9-10). Heaven will be special because it is truly meant to be our home. Heaven will be special because it is a home, a home because of who is there, where we will be in the presence of God forever. Let us “run the race” with endurance, and not get attached to those things here, so that Heaven will be our home.

Ande Z

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