Our Home in Heaven
"For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." (2 Corinthians 5:1-5)
This passage refers to the home of our souls while we are on earth. On this earth, our soul's home is in our mortal body. However, when our earthly body is destroyed, our soul will go to heaven and receive a new "home," or a new body. We ought to understand the importance of our bodies, that they are the home of the Holy Spirit that resides within us.
"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Philippians 3:20)
When the suffering of this world makes us depressed, this is a verse we can meditate on, and remember the earth is not our home. That's why we feel so uncomfortable in it. Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await Jesus' return so that we can come home.
"My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:2-3)
"... we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not build by human hands."
Jesus assures us that He is preparing a place for us in heaven and one day He will take us there to be with Him. This is our eternal home. This is also the hope we have in Jesus. He loved us so much that He made it possible for us to be with Him forever in heaven one day.
"But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells." (2 Peter 3:13)
Jesus' promise to us is the new heavens and a new earth. We will spend eternity in the presence of His righteousness. There will be no more pain, sin, or sickness.
"As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Even though earthly homes are important, we can't hold on to them too tightly. Our earthly homes and all that is in them is going away. It's what we can't see that we take with us. When building our earthly homes, we must keep our focus on the eternal. Our earthly home is only a temporary dwelling to reflect our eternal dwelling to come.
Brenda Rodgers considers herself a “recovering single” after years as a single woman chasing after marriage instead of chasing after Jesus. Now her passion is to mentor young women to live purposefully and grow in their relationship with God and others. Brenda has been married for five years to a heart transplant hero and is the mom of a toddler girl miracle. She is also the author of the eBook Fall for Him: 25 Challenges from a Recovering Single. You can also read more on Brenda’s blog, www.TripleBraidedLife.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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