“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly [country]: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”Hebrews 11:16
I was 18 years old when I moved to Chicago. I was not particularly excited to be moving, as Arizona had always been home to me. I never dreamed I would leave the Grand Canyon State, but my options were Chicago or Chicago. I was born in Phoenix, and everything that I knew was here. My friends, family, and my favorite sports teams. I was leaving behind my Sun Devils and my beloved Suns.
We moved to Chicago the week prior to Christmas, and we were greeted with cold I was not accustomed to. We had an Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box before crossing the state line and then all things I knew were left behind. I was critical (constantly complaining) of the move, but I learned to like some things about Chicago. I got use to the cold and the city was massive and full of adventure. I loved the fall air and found a great fried chicken spot. I met some people and formed friendships and things did not seem so bad after all.
We visited Phoenix every Christmas season, and I loved my time spent in my old stomping grounds. No matter how comfortable I got in Illinois, it never seemed like home to me. I still have a fondness for the City of Chicago, and I love a deep-dish pizza. Although I grew to enjoy Chicago, Phoenix will always be my first love. I am not sure where God will lead me in the future, but Phoenix will always be home to me. It is the place where I was born, married, and where two of my kids were born.
I am thankful for my earthly home, but I should not get too comfortable here. The things God has given me on earth are temporary, and I should hold them with a loose grip. The moment I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior; my heavenly home was being prepared for me. I will live in a city where the streets are made of gold, and where no tears are shed. I will forever get to praise my Savior, and I will be in a far better place. I will be reunited with the One who died for me, and I will get to see some friends and family members who have gone on before me.
Is your eternal destiny set? Is your eternal destiny in a better country – a heavenly country? Are you roots placed too far in this temporary, earthly home? Is all that you live for and hope for rooted in this world that will pass away? May we not live for today, but we may live for eternity. May we not get too comfortable here, but may we set our sights on things above. As they say, everyone needs an earthly home, a church home, and a heavenly home. If you were to die today and face eternity, do you have a heavenly home ready for you? If not, I encourage you to reach out to me, and I would love to talk to you about the greatest thing that ever happened to me.