If you are like me, having been brought up in the up country, getting to visit a relative in the city was one of the greatest moments of one's life especially as a kid. It was a mixture of joy and excitement and just pure happiness. The city looked fun and this was your chance to go experience it.
And this is where we start our story today:
Now imagine, you have gone to visit your relative in the city and you get treated like a king/queen - awesome food, some pocket money (which, by the way, you will never get in up country), TV and movies, car rides, sleeping well, no manual farm work or other hard work as back at home. In short, life is just good, awesome. You have no stress, no pressure. This is the life!
Now, let's turn it around. What if you went visiting and you were treated like a slave - doing all the household chores, physical and verbal abuse, sleeping late and being woken up early, sleeping hungry sometimes, sleeping on the cold hard floor. Life has simply become hell for you and you are almost going crazy from all the pressure around you.
In both scenarios above, whether good or bad, there will always be a thought at the back of your mind - this is not home, I am just a visitor here. Irrespective of how many days, months or years you stay there, that thought will never depart from your mind. Sooner or later your mind will be drawn to your real home back in up country.
We are not of this world
Likewise, this is the exact same situation in being a Christian on this fallen world. This is not our home - we are just visitors, we are just passing by. Our true home is in heaven where Christ is. And so, we all have a thought at the back of our minds - that no matter how great and awesome; or how tough and bad this earthly life gets, we know and we are assured that this is not our home. We long for our real home, our true dwelling place. Our hearts ache with the expectation and the longing for that heavenly home that has been prepared for us.
This is why Jesus said that "we are not of this world" and in someplace else said, "I go to prepare a place for you, I will come for you so that where I am, you may be also".
- John 15:18-19
- If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
- If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
- John 14:1-3
- Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
- In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
- And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
This is why Paul could write:
- 2 Corinthians 5:1-2
- For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
- For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
Come Lord Jesus.
Fellow brethren, let me encourage you today, it doesn't matter how well or how bad you have it in this life. It really doesn't matter if you sleep on the hard cold floor or in a six by six bed; your financial status doesn't matter; your social status doesn't matter - the only thing that matters is this: soon, and very soon, we are going to meet the king. We are going home saints, very soon.
Death should not scare us, we should actually look forward to it. To the day we will finally leave this fallen world, this body of sin - and be reunited to our true love, our Lord Jesus Christ. Don't you know that "precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalms 116:15)? So, don't be scared of death, it is just the road and means of going home.
And all I can say is "Amen, Come Lord Jesus" (Revelations 22:20).
Come Lord Jesus.