May 10th, 2011
This week, I returned to my childhood home for what may be the last time. August 9th of this year would mark my mom’s 40th year in this house, but a rare form of lung cancer, the subsequent chemo and radiation therapy has left her feeling handcuffed in being able to care for her home. The real estate agent just left and the plan to get mom moved into assisted living is in motion.
Now, as I walk around this house it is with a sense of remembrance, reminiscing, and even a hint of “remorse.” No matter where my personal residence may have been in this world, the one stable place that has always been there was the house on Sunny Glen Way. That was home. And now, even that “anchor” of stability is in the process of being uprooted and sent to the filing cabinet of memories, never to return.
In reality, home is where the heart it. Heart is in the people to whom you are connected. But even then, they too will fade away as one by one the grave claims us all from this mortal coil. (It is at this time we remember and sarcastically thank Adam and Eve for disobeying God:
Genesis 1:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
They died, and all of us, their descendants, continue to die – along with the rest of this decaying creation around us.
So with eternity planted in the hearts of men, what do we do when the anchors we have in life eventually disappear (if we are blessed to have an anchor at all)?
- When we’re teens and 20’s, we see life continuing on that way.
- When we’re in 30’s and 40’s, even 50’s and probably 60’s, we still see life continuing on.
- When we’re 70, 80 and better, we realize the inevitable as we see our body decay – and fight it.
We all have eternity planted in our hearts. Home is in eternity. That is where we belong. We rightly should see ourselves as continuing on long after we’ve shed this earthly tent:
2 Corinthians 4:1-3 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.
Have you thought about your eternal home? Where you will spend eternity? We all see ourselves as going to heaven – some how, some way (unless we’re one of the 0.000n% of people who “train” themselves to think otherwise.)
Jesus tells us he is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father except through Him.” (John 14:6.) This is where many stumble, not that this is a surprise to God:
1 Corinthians 1:23-24 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
Putting aside the rules of men, this requires two things: confessing Jesus is Lord (boss) and believing in your heart God raised him from the dead – God promises you WILL be saved (Romans 10:9.)
And that is the rub. We have to turn our own lives over to Jesus (make him your master), in exchange for going home. Jesus is the unfading, undeniable anchor in our undeniable home. But we must first cling to the anchor for safety. Are you willing? It will change your life, and your perspective, for good.
Hebrews 6:19-20 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.