We Are Heading Home - to Enjoy Relationship!

HOME! It is a great word, isn’t it? Far much better than the word “house”… for a house is just wood, brick, and shingles, but a “home”? Well, that is a place where there is safety, acceptance, a safe harbor from the world. Home is a place where you can put your feet up and be yourself, and shake off all those social niceties that the world requires and just “be”…

But what is it that transforms a house, into a home. It is people. It is relationship. Hollywood understood this. Remember the “Wizard of Oz?” Dorothy, was willing to travel down that dangerous yellow brick road full of lions and tigers and bears, oh my! She traveled that road even though there was a desperately evil arch enemy known as the Wicked Witch of the West. Why was she willing to take so much risk? Because the yellow brick road led to Oz, and Oz led to “HOME”… and home was where Auntie Em and Uncle Henry were!

The Bible stresses this too. Remember the Prodigal Son? He was living in the far country, embracing a life that was wretched and empty, that is, until he had thoughts of home! And what was it that made home so special? There was a Father waiting there, Who was good and kind. And so he risked heralding the shame of how he had been living to go “HOME”.

As believers, we have a home, and it is not here on planet earth. Here, we are travelers, sojourners, sometimes called ambassadors. While here, we have business to do, but soon our business will be done and we will be called “HOME”… not so much to a place, but to a Person. That is what makes heaven home. Far too many people reduce heaven to thoughts of gold streets, tiaras with jewels on them, and big fancy houses. NO! NO! NO! To believe that heaven is about crowns, and gold, and mansions is trivialize the work of Jesus Christ! None of those things make heaven home...

When we go home, we are going home to enjoy a relationship, with an incredibly kind and gracious Father, and that is what makes heaven, our home! This is what the work of Jesus was really about… He restored us to a relationship with Himself… the Three Persons of God!