Where Do I Belong?

“And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country” (Hebrews 11:15).
This last time that I was in the U.S., I found myself speaking of “my trip here.” Brenda (my wife) reminded me, “you are not on a trip ?- this is home.” With frequent journeys and approximately equal time spent in the different hemispheres, perhaps confusion as to exactly where I am is inevitable.
Do we not also have that same problem regarding the environment of the Christian life? We sing the song, “This world is not my home, I’m just a’passing through.” But do we really mean it? Where are we, really? Where do we truly belong? Consider these admonitions.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1,2).
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by him in peace, without spot and blameless;” (2 Peter 3:10-14).
There are two applications of these teachings. One is that we must be ready for Christ to return and for eternal life with him. This earth is temporary. Heaven is permanent. The choice is obvious. Much of Jesus’ teaching focused upon “laying up our treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20, see also Matthew 25).
The other application may be somewhat less obvious, but equally important. The true sphere of our lives is not material but spiritual. “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). No matter how much time I spend in Asia, my home is Alabama. So it is with Christians; our bodies remain on this earth but our life is in Christ (Colossians 3:3; Galatians 2:20). We must remember the things that are above. Our values, goals, habits, and desires must be always upon the spiritual, not the worldly. They represent our treasures. They are what our life consists of.

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