After a long day of work, we love to come home.
When stuck in hours of traffic, we wish we could get home faster.
If gone during travels, we often miss home.
Built into each of us is an innate desire to be in the security of “home.”
Living away from home for the three years I have been in college has challenged me and grown me in important ways. I have become independent and self-sufficient. I have made friends and a built community. I have made a life for myself away from home.
But I still carry on my keychain, my house key. If I ever come home I have full access. I am welcomed. I am comforted. I am home.
Scripture talks a lot about home too. It is the eternal home to come for those who believe; and we have the front door key.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:2-3 (ESV)
As believers how many times do we forget about our true home? This hinders us from living for eternity in our temporary home here on earth.
The Greek word paroikos means foreigner, alien, or sojourner. These words are not the first that come to mind when describing followers of Christ, but this is how scripture refers to those of faith.
As Christians we are “temporary dwellers” with purpose.
John Piper says it well, “The promises of God are our real home and we have seen them from afar and have greeted them and tasted them and they have made us restless and uneasy. They have begun to shape our whole way of seeing and thinking and feeling. They have colored all our values and goals and desires. We have been put out of sync with this world because our treasure is in heaven.”
With faith we can see the world’s promises of satisfaction, and when compared to the promises of God and what they offer, desire God over the world.
“Beloved I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 (ESV)
We are not of this world, we were sent into this world for a purpose.
Before being crucified, Jesus prayed:
“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John 17:14–18 (ESV)
We must not be passively homesick for our eternal home, but this knowledge spurs us towards an eternal perspective.
As Paul says,
“I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (ESV)
Women of God, we are not home yet. We are wanderers, nomads, and sojourners.
But we have a father who calls us “a chosen race, a royal priesthood a holy nation a people for his own possession” all so that we may “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)
Our identity is in the promises of God, and our home is eternal. But may we be the taste and flavor of Christ to those around us in this temporary home here on earth.
About the Author
Hello there! My name is Brooke Biddle, and I am currently a senior Public Relations and Journalism student at California Baptist University. I am an imperfect but avid follower of Jesus Christ
If you were to peek into my life on a weekday you would find me sipping a freshly brewed pot of loose leaf tea, while editing or writing stories for the Pursuit Magazine campus publication. Other days you may find me hosting events for the students I mentor as a FOCUS Intern.
Weekends include time with family, friends, exploring LA, and a yoga session or two.
Food for thought:
Meraki is a greek word meaning: to do something with soul, creativity, or love, to put something of yourself into your work.
For me, to work at something as working for the Lord not just people, is like meraki, it means pouring my full self into what I do to glorify God.
If I were to create a mission statement for myself it would be: “Selflessly serve others and relentlessly love God.”