I handed in my final piece of work towards my degree yesterday, and today returned to London. Three years I have been studying and now I am back where I came from. What’s strange is that London no longer feels like home. University also no longer feels like home, I’m ready to move on. So where is home? will home be wherever I move when I have start my new Job? Is home wherever I live if I get married?
Well when I search my bible I find a few interesting verses. The first is Matthew 8:19-20: ‘A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head”‘. The second is Philippians 3:20-21: ‘But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body’.
Now in the first citation Jesus is explaining that he has nowhere to lay his head. This does not mean Jesus was without a house (John 1:38, Mark 2:1 and other verses suggest he had a home and places to stay when he traveled), but that he was always moving following God’s will (this is my understanding, if you have a different one I would love to hear your interpretations!). The earth was not Jesus’ place of rest, it was not his home. So where is home for Jesus? Where is home for a Christian?
In the Philippians verses we are told that our citizenship is in heaven where Jesus will transform our bodies (presumably upon Resurrection). So I will have a home when I die? well yes, but also it is vital to note that the present tense is used: ‘our citizenship is in heaven’. A Christian’s home is not where they are staying, where they are living, or where they were brought up. A Christian’s first home and citizenship is in heaven, where we are seated spiritually at all times (Ephesians 2:5-6 says we are in heavenly places in Christ Jesus). Wherever we go, whoever we are with, we are always at home when we are in the presence of our Holy, loving, heavenly Father. We may move and change, but God is with us always. God never leaves us: this earth is where we are housed, but the earth is not not our home. Amen.
God bless you and keep you always.