Updated: Jan 4, 2020
Hebrews 13:14 (NKJV)
14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
Homeownership is funny, we spend massive amounts of time and resources improving and maintaining something that is actually dying with each passing day. It may be a very gradual process but from the day the structure is built, it is continually dying. Your home is never going to be any newer than it is today, never going to be any more structurally sound than it is in at this moment. Yes, maybe something breaks and you have to repair that one thing, or maybe you make improvements to the home, that improvement changes the home slightly but that clock starts clicking down as soon as the improvement is complete. A horrible thought I know. This is the same for anything manufactured. As soon as the product is completed, age, wear and tear, and other factors slowly steal that product's reliability.
We spend far too much time focusing on the now, and very little time thinking about the eternal. Jesus promises us that He is creating a great place in His Father’s house for us, isn’t that where our focus should be? I am not saying neglect the things of this world completely. I am simply saying that we should be directing the majority of our effort towards things of the eternal.
If our faucet breaks and there is water streaming uncontrollably, we at least turn the water off at the valve until someone can get there to fix it, right? We would not allow that water to flow day after day after day. But how many days do we spend knowing that our relationship is not right with the Lord? That feeling we have when we know there is sin in our life that has not been confessed. We are all too willing to let that sin flow continually, not even seeking the valve to limit the damage. The Lord tells us that we are to confess with our lips that we may be forgiven. That is a great promise, one that we neglect far too often. We need to be Christians focused on our eternal house and less upon the matters of this world, for this is not our home.
If this is not our eternal home, why do we spend so much time maintaining it? Would it not be far more beneficial to focus our effort on the eternal? Live in this world the way it ought to be seen, as a rental. Sure you must do things to maintain the rental, and it is good to do so, but we should always be focused on our forever home.
John 14:2 (NKJV)
2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
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