Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
~ Revelation 21:1
Almost three years ago I moved to the Big-D, Dallas, Texas and have fallen in love with this city. It has become my home, not just the place I currently live, but home. It’s here, Dallas, where my community is, the place I work, and the place I long to see the Lord move and do a great work. Anytime I travel away from the city there is always a healthy-longing to be back home, with my family, friends and my church. This is what home does for us, when we are present it reminds us that we are where we are supposed to be and when we are absent it reminds us that we are not where we meant to be. Anytime I am traveling back to Dallas and get about twenty minutes out, I see it, the Dallas skyline, reminding me that I am almost there, that home is near, and my travels haven’t been in vain.
This past weekend as I made a quick weekend trip away for ministry on the way back I saw the Dallas Skyline and was reminded that this is not our home. There is another City, a Heavenly one, awaiting us. One that we should long for and be looking for. As we look around here on earth, we should be reminded that this is not our home. Our Home is on the horizon and when we see it we will know that we have not traveled in vain. Home is near lets us not forget Paul’s reminder:
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. ~ Philippians 3:20-21
This is not our Home, our Home is awaiting, let us not travel this life in vain. At the end of our days may we be able to say with the Apostle Paul:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7
The longing in us as we look around is to remind us that this is not our home, but our Home is coming. Look out to the Horizon.
“To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.”
~ Jonathan Edwards