I Pledge of Allegiance was the title of the sermon this weekend. It served to remind me that this is not our home. Here’s why, this sermon was based on Philippians 3:18-21. Verses 20 and 21 stood out to me particularly: ” For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” The beginning of verse 20 is what grabbed me most.

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Life is full of analogies and this one brought it all home to me, pun apologetically intended.

I have this plaque that says HOME. It was probably one of the first things I unpacked and placed on the built-in shelf when my family moved into the apartment. I put it there to remind me that this apartment is presently my home. But as the days turned into weeks and then to months, this apartment never quite felt like home although I waited for it to do so.

I haven’t hung anything on the walls and there are still a few boxes yet to be unpacked. There isn’t a lot of room for extra things we don’t use daily, yet I don’t want to take them to storage, so there they sit.

A few friends have commented that perhaps it would feel more like home if I unpacked some things and did a little nesting and perhaps, they are right, but I tell them I don’t want this to be my home, rather a place that I am staying while I wait. This is not my home.

To bring this back to the scriptures quoted above, this life is a journey not our forever home. This is just a place where we hang our hats, a place to stay while we await our true home. Our citizenship belongs in heaven. Although I could do a few things to make it a bit homier, and I maybe I will choose to do so in the future, ultimately, I hope that I am just passing through this apartment.

Just like we’re passing through life while we wait for our forever home.



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