My wife and I recently purchased a home in Charlotte, and we’re excited to officially put some roots down in this city. It is a milestone moment in one’s life when making a decision that large. As I drove on Park Road to our new home, I was struck by the potential outcomes that come with a move. Maybe we will not like moving further away from friends. Maybe we will miss walks in our neighborhood. Maybe our neighbors will own an obnoxious dog (true). This could be the home where we get a pet (never), have our first child, turn 30, etc. The outcomes and unknowns began to fill my mind.
Stuck waiting for the Tyvola Road light to change, a man approached my car holding a cardboard sign, and the only word I could make out was ‘HOMELESS.’ My eyes watered as my mind cleared and the word “home” took on a new meaning. Home was not so much about the future or a place to host friends. Home meant security, and in that moment, the Lord reminded me no home on this earth could fill a void.
Thankfully, Jesus offers himself and makes a home in our hearts so we have confidence in our salvation, which is an eternal home in Heaven worshipping God.
My thoughts jumped to the scripture in John where Jesus says,
“In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you away to myself, that where I am you may be also.” - John 14:2-3
There are rooms in Heaven specially prepared for those who believe in and seek Jesus. He invites us to join him and in doing so reminds us that there is room to bring along others.
The light changed green before the man made his way to my car. Driving off I felt guilty merely being a passerby traveling from my old home to my new home. Are our lives not more than the insulation of our possessions? God was telling me, “Don’t live your life as a passerby, going from an earthly home to an eternal home, but rather be attentive to the physical and spiritual needs of those around you.” We have Jesus as our helper, and through the Holy Spirit’s help, we can share Christ with the people around us. I feel called to reach those who soul-search for homes in the wrong places.