Longing For Home

 We had a good time on our short family trip to Branson. I don’t know about you but it always feels good to get home. You may be gone one day or a month but there is something special about home. God gave us the home and it should be a place of learning, comfort and protection for those who live there. It is natural to want to be at home. Spiritually we should have the same desire; to be at home with God in heaven. New Testament Christians realize that this world is not our home. For the truly spiritual there is a longing deep within our hearts to be with God. In 1 Pet. 2:11 Peter calls us “strangers and pilgrims”. A pilgrim is one who travels about. In Vine’s Expository Dictionary ‘pilgrim’ is defined as “sojourning in a strange place, away from one’s own people”. Having experienced the new birth, we now belong to the spiritual family of God; the church (Jn. 3:3-5; Acts 3:19; Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Pet. 1:18-20; Acts 2:47). Concerning Christians Paul writes that we are, “fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God”, Eph. 2:19. We belong to the family of God, the church (1 Tim. 3:15). Our Father is in heaven (Mt. 6:9) and we long to be where He is. Therefore, we will never feel like we are at home in a spiritual sense until we come into that eternal home in heaven. As spiritual travelers we should have our sights set on heaven, that eternal home of the soul (Jn. 14:1-3). Click on the following link for an excellent article by Mike Riley with more  useful links 

 http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/09/22/do-we-really-want-to-live-in-this-world-forever/Do We really want to live in this world forever?

Leon Brashear

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