We’ve all heard and have even stated the phrase, “There’s no place like home.” The main reason we feel a connection to this phrase is because we’re most comfortable in own surroundings.
Did you know, this phrase is a quotation from the song “Home, Sweet Home”? These words were penned by John Howard Payne and music by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, from the opera Clari, introduced at London’s Covent Garden in 1823.
Now let me ask you, where is home for you? For some people home is in a church, their job, a retail store, a restaurant or whatever place or venue they feel most secured and comfortable.
What if I told you this world was not your home?! Some of you seasons saints would start to shout, but for the neophyte Christian this may not soak in very well.
In relation to our want of heaven and abandoning the earthly rewards that we once ran after, C.S. Lewis wrote that it probably will not happen in a day. Rather, he says, “poetry replaces grammar, gospel replaces law, longing transforms obedience, as gradually as the tide lifts a grounded ship.”
In Tim Keller’s book, Prodigal God he said: “Home is a powerful but elusive concept. The strong feelings that surround it reveals some deep longing within us for a place that absolutely fits and suits us, where we can be, or perhaps find our true selves. Yet, it seems that no real place or actual family ever satisfies these yearnings, though many situations arouse them.”
I John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Oh, but if we could all click the heels of our spiritual Chuck Taylor’s 3x, we sure wouldn’t end up in Kansas, rather we would find ourselves in the glorious presence of God!
Check out this hymn published by Albert E. Brumley:
“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue;
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
In the the last chapter of the Bible (Revelation), John is merely describing God’s good future of shalom (peace). There is a renewed heaven and earth. The holy city descends and heaven and earth are one. God pitches his tent with us mortals and He wipes every tear from our eyes. And the One seated on the great throne declares that he is making all things new (not all new things).
That being said, this world is not our home unless our home is heaven, but we are called to be good stewards of God’s gifts, talents, time, and treasures while we here are on earth passing through!
In closing, let’s rephrase the old adage so repeat after me: “There’s no place like heaven because there’s no one like God!”