For the first time this summer, my family of five stayed together in a hotel room while on a road trip. Michelle and I wondered how our kids, 2, 4 and 6 years old, would do in such circumstances, but they were awesome! After a couple of days of this “hoteling” experience, they even began to feel like the hotel was home. Upon returning to to Kelowna, my youngest son, Nate, kept asking, “Are we going back to the hotel now?”
Of course I knew that the hotel was only a temporary resting place, not really home. That got me thinking about how we sometimes treat the “hotel” of this world as if it were really our home.
The thing about hotels is you never really “move in”. It’s just a short-term place to rest your head. Imagine moving into the hotel for a short time, but doing everything to make it home, tacking up photos on the wall, spending money to re-do the bathroom, reorganizing the layout of the room, chastising people for spilling pretzels on the floor. Those are things you don’t do in hotels because you’re not there for long, it’s not really your home. It’s temporary.
The Bible says the same thing about the earth. It’s not really our home either. Philippians 3:20-21 says “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”
This amazing passage, 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, reminds us about our true home:
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”
It’s not wrong to live comfortably, but it is wrong to think comfort is the end goal. This is our hotel. Heaven is our home. Let’s not forget about the fleeting nature of this life, and the eternal reality of the one to come!
Great reminders from the kids in our lives!
Pastor Mike Penninga