All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. – Hebrews 11:13
As Christians, we sometimes forget that this earth is not our home. Our home is heaven.
If we listen with our hearts, we can hear heaven calling us. A great homesickness stirs within us as we draw closer to God. Thoughts of home cheer the weary traveler.
Oh, the joy of knowing deep in our hearts that we are just passing through!
So often we treat this earth like our home. We focus on our life here like it’s our eternal residence. We foolishly act like a traveler spending a week in a hotel room and using his time to put up new curtains, lay down carpeting, and paint the walls.
We can get caught up in laying down roots where God never meant us to be planted. We store up treasures on earth instead of treasures in heaven. We check out changes in the stock market more often than we take stock of our relationship with God. We invest in the temporary when eternity awaits us.
Like any traveler, we need a map to help us find our way. God has graciously given us a map in his Word. The Bible clearly points the way home; we just need to take the time to look. But many believe they can travel without a map. They think they know the way, until they find themselves hopelessly lost.
Even when travelers have a map, they often need advice from those who have journeyed that way before. Experienced travelers can help the newer ones avoid making wrong turns. They can point out sights to see along the way. They even warn of dangers to avoid. And when the journey seems long, they gently remind us that home lies just ahead.