01 May Heaven is a Home: Why Everyone Watching HGTV Really Wants Jesus
John 14:1-3 – Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms…And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
2 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.
How many homes have you lived in? What is your favorite home you have ever lived in? If there was one home, or hotel, that you’ve ever seen and could live in, what would it be?
For most people, the biggest investment of our lifetime is our home. The place where we make the most memories, organize the most activities, and celebrate the holidays.
My wife hates moving. Since I always feel restless no matter what home we live in, we have moved many times. I keep trying to get us into a better home. As soon as we move in, I start doing major projects to improve the home. We’ve been richly blessed, but no matter where we’ve lived, I always feel restless and homeless.
A home is two things – people and a place. Some years ago, when our family moved to the desert of Arizona, we lived in a temporary rental home for a few months. We had left our home out-of-state but had not yet moved into our new home in our new state. The temporary home we lived in for a short while smelled like Satan’s feet. None of us really liked it, and it was functional but not fantastic.
On one particularly low day, one of our children said they missed “home”. They were looking back to where they used to live and wanted to go back. I asked them if going back to their old house minus their family would still feel like “home”. They said no, because home is both a people and a place. Even if they were in the same place minus the people they call family, it would not be home. Our child was experiencing the same thing that every Christian does in this life. We have left our home in God’s presence in Eden, but we’ve not yet moved into our forever Heavenly Home with God’s people in God’s presence. Life on this planet is lived in a body and a home for our body that are both rentals we won’t be in forever.
We were made to be at home together with God our Father as a family. Everyone who has bought a home, moved, stayed in a hotel, gone camping, done a home improvement project, watched HGTV, or gone through an open house for a home up for sale is actually looking forward to Heaven.
How amazing do you think the Heavenly Home God has built for you will be? Who are you looking forward to inviting in? What are you looking forward to doing in that Home?