Philippians 3:20 (ESV)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
The term home is simply defined as this: Where one resides; a familiar setting; a place of origin. Where’s our home?
Our home is the place where we spent most of our years growing up and making memories. It’s where we took our first steps. It’s where we learned to drive a car. It’s where we had our first crush. It’s the place where we graduated high school and college and maybe even met our spouse. A place where we’ve grown into the people we are now. Home for us is where we feel at ease with those we love the most. It’s the place where we can be ourselves and not worry about the world outside.
Or is it? According to Webster, our home is where we reside, it’s our place of origin, our familiar setting. But according to the 1 Peter 2:11, our home isn’t in this world:
"Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul."
There is nothing wrong with enjoying places on earth. We have wonderful memories and experiences in different places throughout our lives. But we weren’t meant to be 100% at home here. Our home is with our Jesus in Heaven. Until He says it’s time to be with Him, we’ll stay here. And as much as we love our earthly homes, we’ll never be fully satisfied. Think of what songwriter Laura Story says in her famous song, Blessings:
"What if my greatest disappointments or the aching in this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy."
Only Christ can satisfy. Only His presence and peace can bring us pure, unadulterated joy. Only His comfort can truly take us off the ledge of disappointment and disaster. One day we will truly be home with Him. Not just for Christmas but for eternity.
And what a day of rejoicing that will be.
How can you allow Christ to satisfy you and to fulfill your every need this Christmas season, instead of relying on what the world can give?
Dear Lord, thank You that You can satisfy our needs. Thank You for Your presence and the peace it can bring us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.