Finding Your Way Home
Ray Pritchard, Ted Griffin
[English | Vietnamese ]
Robert Frost said, “Home is where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” It’s the place where you truly belong. From time to time I meet people who aren’t really from anywhere. They’ve lived in so many places that no one place is home to them. If you have many homes, you don’t really have a home at all. And we’ve all had the experience of going back home, wherever that might be, and finding out that it doesn’t feel the way we remember it. Even when you go home, it doesn’t always feel like home.
Part of the problem is that even at its best, life on this earth can’t satisfy our deepest longings. That’s what a verse in the Bible (Hebrews 13:14) means when it says, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” The New Living Translation renders the first phrase: “This world is not our home.”
This world is not and cannot be our true home. Victor Hugo said we spend the first 40 years leaving home and the next 40 years going home. Friendships come and go; people move into our lives for a while, and then they drift away. We move from house to house, job to job, church to church, sometimes even from spouse to spouse, always looking, searching, hoping for a place where we will finally feel at home. A place where we can relax and be ourselves. Where we don’t have to pretend or try hard to impress others. Where we can say, “Ah, this is where I belong.”
But such a place is beyond this world. And we will never really be at home here because we are constantly saying good-bye to the people we love the most. They leave us, or we leave them. Our children grow up, they leave home, they come back for a visit, and all too soon they leave again. If you are looking for a place where you won’t have to say good-bye, you won’t find it in this world. I think God set it up this way on purpose so that no matter where we’re from, we’ll never feel at home anywhere on earth. The good-byes of this life are meant to make us homesick for heaven, where all who know Jesus personally will live forever.
Heaven is a real place, filled with real people. And contrary to popular opinion, it’s not just living for hundreds of thousands of years and never dying. Far from it. The Bible says that when we get to heaven, we will be “at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). What does that mean? Jesus said to the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). The essence of heaven is the presence of Jesus. Heaven is where He is, and when we are in heaven, we will be with Him forever.
The night before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God and knowing Him, Jesus Christ. John 1:12 promises, “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” If you know Jesus, you have everlasting life here and now. It begins the moment you believe in Jesus as your Savior, and it continues right on through your death, and it will carry you all the way home to heaven.
So remember, you won’t find a true home in this world. The only true home will be heaven, and you can’t get there without Jesus. And even if you know Him as your Savior, you’re not home yet. So the challenge for all of us is to come to Jesus, receive Him as Savior, then in every word and in every action build our life on Him. If you want to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you might want to offer Him a prayer like this:
Jesus, I know that You died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. You rose from the dead to prove that You have conquered sin and death so all who believe in You can live forever with You in heaven. I now trust Jesus and believe that He has paid the penalty for my sin and makes me a member of God’s family forever. I turn away from my sins and now receive You as my Savior and Lord. Help me to serve You faithfully and look forward to being with You in heaven for all eternity. Thank You, Jesus, for loving me and saving me. Amen.
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