I don’t fit in.
I moved to South Carolina recently and I feel like a fish out of water. I don’t fit in. I am a New York City girl turned New Englander. I lived in New England for many years and I am a Yankee! Here in the South, that is what I am called. Actually, I am called a Half-Back…because I moved from New England to Florida and then up to South Carolina…halfway back to New England. Well it’s not quite halfway but you get the point. I love the South but, it’s not home. I miss New England. I hope to return someday but for a time, this is where I am. But I am not home yet.
I don’t fit in. #heaven #notmyhome #eternity Click To Tweet
My sister is seventeen years older than me. When I was eleven, she moved from where we lived in Manhattan to Florida. Shortly after that we moved to Long Island, NY. When summer would come around and school would let out, my mother would send me to spend the summers with my sister because we were very close. I also had a niece that was two years younger than I was and we were quite close. I loved those summers spent in Florida.
When I was MUCH older, and living in Connecticut, I would occasionally travel to Florida and stay with my sister for a visit. I loved staying with her. At the time, she had a beautiful home and I had my own guest room to stay in. It was extremely happy there and had all the comforts one could want.
But, no matter how comfortable it was at my sister’s, no matter how much I enjoyed spending time with her there, it wasn’t home. I would find myself in the big, comfy bed in her guest room thinking, “I miss my bed.” I had my own bathroom to use at her house but it wasn’t the same as my bathroom at home. At home, I had a spot for everything and everything was organized as I liked it. At my sister’s I was basically living out of a makeup bag.
I had all the food I could eat at my sister’s but, it wasn’t my kitchen. My favorite snacks weren’t there. And while I was well-fed there, it just wasn’t like I would have at home.
You see…I had everything I needed and, in most cases, everything I wanted. I had the love of my family around me. I was happy and enjoyed being there. But it wasn’t home. My thoughts were often turned toward home. I wondered how the house was. I wondered what my friends were up to. I wondered what I missed at church. If someone was staying at my home I would call and check up on my pets. My mind was always turned back to home.
As a Christian, that is how I should see the world. We are here for a time. We are here for a purpose. But we are not home yet.We are here for a time. We are here for a purpose. But we are not home yet #heaven #eternity Click To Tweet
“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:14 (NIV)
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21(NIV)
We are to be IN the world, but not of it. We are to be like we are when we are visiting somewhere. We should enjoy it. We should have fun and make the most of every minute. But we should look toward going home. We sometimes become so entangled in the things of this world that we forget it is not what we are here for. We fight battles that aren’t ours to fight, we get into debates about worldly things that aren’t part of our purpose. We forget..it’s not our home.We are to be IN the world, but not of it. #truth #heaven #faith Click To Tweet
Now, some people can become TOO focused on Heaven to the point that they are no earthly good! We DO still have a job to do here.
We are like a person who takes a business trip. They are away from home, they have a job to do. They have work that must be done but they are focused on returning to their homes and their families. However, they are undeterred from the tasks at hand. That is their purpose for being there.
We too have a job to do. We are to be about witnessing. We are to be about being salt and light. We are to remember that we might be the only Bible someone ever reads. We cannot become so focused on our eternal life that we forget to live the one here.
People can become SO focused on Heaven they are no earthly good #truth #witness Click To Tweet
But there is also caution in the other direction. We are not to become too comfortable here. We are to be IN the world, not OF it.
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” John 17: 14-16 (NIV)
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19 (NIV)
We have the promise of a Kingdom in Heaven where our Father awaits our homecoming. We have a place being prepared for us by our King Himself.
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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:2-3 (NKJV)
We should have our eyes on Heaven! Everything here is temporary. Everything here is for a time. Our eternal home is waiting for us. We should be living a life that reflects our citizenship in Heaven and not desire to fit in here in the world or become entangled too much in it.
So where are you focused?
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