If you would ask me where my home is, I would have to scratch my head. When we were in the US for eight months last year, we joked that we were living out of our car and suitcases. But here on the other side of the world, we don’t really feel at home either. We look different, sound different, eat differently and think differently than the people of this country.
A more important question is whether we who have transferred our citizenship to heaven look, sound, and think the same as the people around us whose only home is this world. If I am a settler, I will try to assimilate. I will spend my time, energy and resources acquiring things that I think I will enhance my happiness here. And some of those “things” may include intangibles like acceptance, pleasure, and power.
On the other hand, if I am a sojourner, I won’t set my heart on those things but on preparing for my Real Home. I will be patient in trials, content with less-than-ideal situations, and hopeful for the future even when the headlines spell doom. If this is my mentality, I will be in good company:
Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land …. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. …confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. (Hebrews 11:8-10 NLT)
Moses chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin and …to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward,…. not fearing the king’s anger…because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. (Hebrews 11.25-27)
Paul: Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) Read also Romans 8:18-25.
Here’s the link to a beautiful “Sojourner’s Song” by Buddy Greene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73-6P09xaAE