Saturday, July 4, 2009
This World is Not My Home
No matter what your idea of beauty is, nothing will compare to the beauty of heaven.
One of the reasons the title of my blog includes the words "Living in a Foreign Land" is because of the concept in Christianity, that "this World is not our home".
After living in Egypt for over 7 years now, I struggle with knowing where to call "home". Do I call Egypt my home? That's where the majority of my material belongings are. It is also the place where we live our daily lives, with many friends and "work" responsibilities. Or, do I call Springfield, Missouri my "home"? This is the area where I was born and raised. It is where the majority of my family lives. We also own a small home on a 3 acre tract of land in this area.
Well, as a born-again Christian, there is another place I call "home", and that is heaven. There is a popular Christian hymn that goes like this:
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.
As a Christian, I strive not to get too caught up in living my life in the "here and now". I am not to live my life for myself, but for the One who created me. I am to live my life for His purpose. I have found, in doing this, true happiness and meaning. Our life on this earth is so brief compared to what our lives will be in heaven. Our lives there will last for an eternity. I am so blessed that God has allowed me to have these 2 different places in the world to reside for a time, but I am even more blessed, to know that I will have a beautiful "home" in heaven for eternity.
Colossians 3:1-2 says:
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.