For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14
You know what's awesome about worshiping God and knowing that His presence is with you? It's that there is nothing that can compare to it. And when I think about why I worship Him, I become overwhelmed with the truth that He loved me and wanted to have a relationship with me.
Every time I come home and look at the stars, my heart understands how minuscule I am in the grand scheme of this universe. In the vast ocean of galaxies there our earth exist and in one tiny little place, there I am. Existing.
The truth is that we all know that we were created for more than this. We all feel it. Yet, some people try to find that "more" by doing more. They feel that they can achieve their way to fulfillment. But no thing or person, no merit or gain, no fame or fortune, can ever satisfy the should like a sense of belonging. Truly, there is no place like home.
Home is the place where you belong because you are in your element, in your zone, in love with those who love you. The essence of who you are is comfortable when you are home. The passions of your heart are satisfied entirely when you are home. Rest is never better than when you are home.
For the believer, that is what it feels like with Christ in our hearts. It feels like home. I am secure in Him. He fulfills every foreign feeling that I endure on this planet. He is the promise that is complete now, and still will complete itself then.
In my life, there songs that I enjoy to sing but few of them compel me to tears as those that make reference to Heaven. Why? Well surely a place that will have no weeping or sorrow, no sickness and pain, with streets covered in gold sounds appealing but that's not the reason I'm looking forward to Heaven.
It is because I will be where I belong: with Christ.
John Piper once wrote, “The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there? ”
In some people, their idea of heaven includes everything good that they can imagine, except Christ. Why? I think it may that we have been contaminated with the mindset that all good things belong in this world because we see them here.
Yet, the truth is that God is good and that His goodness is what allows us to experience all good things here. The love of a child, the companionship of a friend, the joy of music, and the passion of purpose, all derive from Him.
Here, those "good things" are temporary. Even you, can only be temporarily good here. In Heaven, though, where forever is a realistic beautiful eternity, you will perpetually be at your very best. When you experience yourself being good, you are only showing glimpses of what you truly are. In His, presence, we are made whole and Holy. It is in Heaven, with Christ, that you and I will forever be true.
When we arrive there, we will slip in perfectly like a hand in a glove. His sacrifice and grace, customized us to be home.
While in this world, I can endure all things because I know that while He is always with me in time, I will one day be with Him, out of time completely. The pains that we may go through here is nothing compared to what we will live through when we are home.
So persevere, wait on Him, and live this life for Him. Show the glimpses of your true self with everyone you encounter. May your faith prevail when all else fails. This my prayer for you.