Home Is in Heaven
Read Colossians 3:2-3 (ESV)
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
What does it mean that our life is “hidden with Christ”?
I don’t know about you but when I’m having a hard day, I long to go home. Home is where I feel safe and loved. I can be at peace and relax. I encourage myself throughout hard days by thinking things like, “Just a couple more hours and you’ll be home.” Focusing on being at home soon helps me get through difficult days.
In today’s verses, Paul is continuing with his theme of setting our hearts and minds on things that are above. Yesterday, we talked about how our priorities change when we have our hearts set on heaven instead of on earth. We talked about how Christians living in regions that experience a high degree of suffering and persecution often endure despite the extreme suffering because they have the right priorities. They know this world has nothing for them, so they live focused on Home. They set their minds on Heaven.
But if I’m honest, that can sometimes be a difficult thing for me to grasp. I have been very blessed. I love my life here on earth. I love my family. I love my job. I love my hobbies. But I shouldn’t love this world so much. Paul reminds us today that we have already died to this world so we should focus on Heaven instead. I am united with Christ and He died for my sin, in my place. So in a spiritual sense, I died with Him as the penalty for my sin. This sinful world no longer has any power over me and it has nothing of eternal value to offer me.
Now, Paul says that the lives of believers are “hidden with Christ in God.” Doesn’t that line give you so much peace? It does for me. In Christ, my life is eternally sheltered and secure. The spiritual enemies of this world can’t get me.
In Psalm 31:19-20, David wrote of the peace and hope that he felt knowing his life was eternally protected by God. “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.”
Friends, we shouldn’t feel so at home here on earth because we have died to this world. Our hearts should be set on our heavenly home where we will rest peacefully and secure in Him all of our days. In Him, we are sheltered from the enemy and in Him we have an inheritance of eternal riches. So whether we are comfortable and at peace here in the world or experiencing difficulties and suffering, we can set our minds on things that are above. We can be encouraged by focusing on Home.
Lord, what a gift to know that You have prepared a place for us in Heaven with You. When I think about eternity, my struggles and sufferings here on earth seem short-lived. Keep my heart and my mind set on You and my eternal Home instead of being consumed with the things of earth which will all pass away. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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