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<< iPod Devotionals, with Dave Burchett

Temporary Home

  • 2010 Mar 01

The shuffle landed on Carrie Underwood today with a song called Temporary Home.

This is my temporary Home
It's not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through
This was just a stop,on the way to where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know this was
My temporary home.

Paul wrote a similar chorus (okay…passage) about how this life is temporary to the church at Philippi.

For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. (Philippians 3, NIV)

Everyone knows that we have a finite time on earth. So I must decide how to navigate how I live this life while being mindful of the next. There is a balance that is implied by the concept of dual citizenship. I remember a quote that some Christians are "so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good". That is not what Paul is saying. Clearly we have a spiritual purpose in this life. Jesus gave us our purpose with these two items that He made clear are not just helpful guidelines…they are commandments.

"‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."

I wonder how the body of Christ would look differently if we concentrated on those two simple commands? Would we worry so much about the committee position at church or what someone said or did on Sunday? As we concentrated on those two commands we would look forward to making the move to our heavenly home and view others through the lens of grace. Jesus talked about our next home.

 "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?" (John 14, NLT)

The last stanza of Carrie Underwood's song reflects that truth.

Old man, hospital bed
The room is filled with people he loves
And he whispers don't cry for me
I'll see you all someday
He looks up and says "I can see God's face."

"This is my temporary Home
It's not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through
This was just a stop,on the way To where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know this was
My temporary home."

I love my life on this planet. I really do. I love proclaiming God's grace and faithfulness. I am not anxious to leave my family and friends. But I am not afraid. And increasingly I realize that this is my temporary home. C.S.Lewis once wrote this.

"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."

I find myself now occasionally longing for my real home and thinking of it often. I have so many family and friends that have gone ahead to their home. My Dad. My Mom. My daughter. My nephew. Countless friends. I miss them so much. But I rejoice for them because I am realizing more and more that I am the one who is in temporary housing. I love the life that God has given me on this planet but I know that I am just passing through. Enjoy your temporary digs and make sure you are ready for the move.


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