My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. Billy Graham
Graham wrote a book called Nearing Home in which he asks, “What home are you preparing for?”
He writes, “Some people spend their lives building ultimate dream homes so they can enjoy their twilight years. Some find themselves exchanging their bank accounts for residence within the gates of a retirement center. Others find their last days in nursing homes.
For those of you who do not know Him, choosing your eternal home is the most important decision you will ever make. For the Christian the last mile of the way is a testimony to God’s faithfulness, for He said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you.’” John 14:2
“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
Hebrews 13:14-16 “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
In Hebrews there is a pattern seen over and over. In Hebrews 10:34 where the Christians moved toward need and not comfort by visiting prisoners. When it cost them their property, they rejoiced, Hebrew says, because “you knew that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one”-they were seeking a city which is to come, not comfort and paradise on earth. So they moved toward need, not comfort.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20
This world is not our home. Don’t try to build a nest down here. God’s got something far better for you and I. Let’s pray that we will never forget that we are pilgrims just passing through until we see Him face to face.