“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” (Hebrews 13:14)
In September of this year I flew back to Pennsylvania where I was born and raised so that I could attend business meetings and catch up with family and friends. I thought I would go back and it would feel like the good old times of living in Pennsylvania before moving to Texas last year. But I was surprised when I got off the plane. What I knew as home for the majority of my life did not feel as such anymore.
A week later, I traveled back to Texas and the Lord placed a message upon my heart: This world is not your home. I was reminded that we are like strangers passing through a foreign land, trying to find our true home. Our true home will never be found on earth during our lives.
Home is where there will be no more pain, walkers, canes, or hospitals as we take on our new bodies. Home is where I will inherit the mansion that Jesus has prepared for me. Home is where sin, Satan, and hell will be totally absent. Home is where I will see and be with Jesus for all eternity.
But while we still await our great homecoming that is soon to come, God wants to use our situations we are currently going through to bring others to His side. He wants to use our pain, our illness, and our limitations to shine His strength and power to a lost and dying world.
When we allow the Lord to mold us into His image through our illness, it can become our greatest witness to those who need hope the most. As we prepare each day for our homecoming in heaven, let us prepare others so that where we will be they may be also.
Prayer: Father, help me to always keep my eyes towards heaven so that I may always prepared for my homecoming to heaven. May I be a witness to others so that they may have the promise of eternal life where nothing will ever separate us from you again. Amen.
About the author
Charles Wells is an ordained minister who lives in Texas with his wife, 11-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter, and 4-year-old doxin. He suffers from major spinal problems and has had three major back surgeries. He has taken this pain and uses it for God’s glory by ministering to people in nursing homes, rehab centers and writing on these experiences. You may visit his blog at http://revcawells.wordpress.com.
How does it change your perspective on your suffering here on earth when you can be assured that this is not your permanent home?
This is one of those tear-jerker videos of the reality so many people–including some of us here at Rest Ministries–deal with every day. Carrie Underwood sings “Temporary Home” so grab a tissue and remember that God has something so much better planned for all of us. -Lisa